New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) Hitting back at the Congress for its remarks on the government policy on Pakistan, the BJP said on Wednesday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had sought to “name and shame” the neighbouring country for “atrocities it is committing day and night in Balochistan”.
In a statement here, the Bharatiya Janata Party said that the Congress remarks on Modi’s Independence Day address was “nothing but opposition for opposition’s sake, indicative of the great panic” due to pro-people work of the government.
“We are not surprised about the Congress’ absurdities. After all, a party of ‘parivar sevaks’ (servers of a family) duty-bound to do ‘parivar seva’ (serve the family) can hardly comprehend the efforts of a ‘pradhan sevak’ (people’s servant) immersed in nation’s service,” the statement said.
It said the distinction was also clear in the domain of foreign policy. “The statements of then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt brought immense shame to the nation.
“There was a prime minister who was open to debating India’s role in Balochistan and here is a prime minister who has categorically sought to name and shame Pakistan for the atrocities it is committing day and night in Balochistan,” the statement said.
“The overwhelming support from the oppressed and subjugated brave men and women of Balochistan for Prime Minister Modi illustrates the chord his address has struck on the issue and displayed the firmness with which India has dealt with the issue,” it added.
Referring to the Congress remarks on Jammu and Kashmir, the BJP said Modi had spoken in detail during the all-party meeting on the prevailing situation in the state. It said he had visited the state on multiple occasions.
The BJP alleged that “most simmering situation” in Jammu and Kashmir took place in 2010 when the Congress was a partner of the ruling coalition.
“The round of protests in 2008 took place under a Congress Chief Minister. Never has the Congress spoken for the rights of Kashmiri Pandits,” the party alleged.
The BJP said that inflation rate under the NDA government has not crossed six per cent when the rates during the Congress crossed double digits.
The BJP said that most farmer suicides in India have occurred in states governed by the Congress.
“It is an equally undeniable fact that some of the most heinous communal riots in India’s history have happened under the reign of Congress governments.”
The statement alleged that “highest crimes against Dalit communities are taking place in states ruled or supported by the Congress”.
The Congress had earlier in the day hit out at Modi government for its “inconsistent” foreign policy and said the government must refrain from knee-jerk reactions vis-a-vis Pakistan.