Congress leader’s ‘how did Pulwama attack happen’ remark sparks major row

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Rajasthan Congress in-charge Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa’s controversial statement on Prime Minister Narendra Modi has raised a storm in the BJP, reported NDTV.

Senior leaders of the party have accused him of insulting the country and the Prime Minister, much like Rahul Gandhi “the way he tries to defame the country’s image abroad”.

What gave most offense to the BJP were apparently his comments on the attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama in February 2019, months before the Lok Sabha elections, in which 40 government forces personnel were killed.

“How did Pulwama happen? Hold an inquiry. Did he do this to contest the election?” Randhawa said. “They say that there is no bigger patriot than them. Modi doesn’t know meaning of ‘deshbhakti’. Which leader of BJP fought for the freedom of India?” he added.

Randhawa, in a recent address at a Congress dharna asking for action on the Hindenburg Report, had urged his party to end infighting — a situation that is generating headlines almost every day. All eyes are on the rift between Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his former deputy Sachin Pilot ahead of the elections due later this year.

“I am urging all leaders — finish fighting among yourselves and think of finishing Modi,” he had said in the address on Monday. If we can finish Modi, Hindustan might survive. If Modi is here, then Hindustan will be finished,” he said.

As per the report by the NDTV, state BJP chief Satish Poonia retaliated within a few hours. Randhawa, he said, “has insulted martyrdom in the country, has insulted the dignity of the post of Honorable Prime Minister, the whole country has been humiliated,” he said.

“Randhawa, martyrdom is not politics. So it should not be forgotten that martyrs did not do politics for the freedom of the country. They got freedom by sacrificing their lives,” he added.

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