Opposition again slams PM Modi’s Pakistan policy

RSTV Bureau
Congress leader speaking in Rajya Sabha during a zero hour debate

File photo of Congress leader Anand Sharma

Opposition parties again launched a scathing attack on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his government’s policy towards Pakistan.

According to the Opposition, Modi government’s foreign policy lacks coherence, clarity and consistency.

Opposition’s fresh salvo comes a day after PM Modi in an interview to Times Now spoke about how his government is dealing with Pakistan.

In the interview Modi had said that India’s efforts for engagement with Pakistan were on with peace as the supreme objective but the forces had “full freedom to answer back” in whatever manner they had to.

“Nobody is against engaging with Pakistan but what we have questioned him (Modi) is about not taking the Opposition into confidence,” claimed Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma.
CPM leader Brinda Karat too targeted the Centre.

“One day you say you are going to bomb Pakistan. The other day your Home Minister (Rajnath Singh) said you are not going to count the bullets that are going to be used against Pakistan,” Karat said, adding that the Prime Minister had gone to Pakistan to meet Nawaz Sharif on his birthday.

She said it was really a “show-based” policy rather than a serious diplomatic initiative to deal with a neighbour which is seen to have been encouraging terrorists groups against India.

Congress leader PL Punia accused the government of having a “dual strategy” on the issue of RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan exit after his first term.

“Today our economy is passing through such a time that requires stability. There was a need for (his) continuity,” Punia said.

The Opposition, especially the Congress has been attacking the government for not being able to rein in party members like Subramanian Swamy who openly attacked Rajan and Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian. Swamy had openly called for Rajan’s ouster.

Though the government did come to the rescue of the CEA and defended him, they could not stop Rajan’s exit. Rajan cited personal reasons to not continue in office as RBI Governor for the second term.

(With inputs from PTI)