Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said the policies pursued by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had created space for militancy in Jammu and Kashmir. â€œModiâ€™s policies have created space for terrorists in Kashmir. Grave strategic blow for India,â€ Rahul tweeted. â€œShort term political gain for Modi from PDP alliance has cost India massively. Modiâ€™s personal gain=Indiaâ€™s strategic loss + sacrifice of innocent Indian blood,â€ the tweet read.
The BJP reacted to the criticism by blaming the countryâ€™s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, Rahulâ€™s great-grandfather, and the Gandhi family for all the problems in Kashmir. â€œIf any single individual or a family is to be blamed for the Jammu and Kashmir fiasco, it is Pt Jawaharlal Nehru,â€ BJP leader and New Delhi MP Meenakshi Lekhi said at a press conference in the BJP headquarters. â€œInstead of making allegations, he (Rahul Gandhi) should have read the history of his great-grandfather and his familyâ€¦. If anybody is singularly responsible for the mess we are watching in Jammu and Kashmir, it is the Nehru family. Not only in 1947â€¦ even post that, repeatedly, if one person can be blamed, it is Nehru. And after himâ€¦ the policies that the Congress followed,â€ Lekhi said. The BJP MP said Rahulâ€™s comments reflected â€œan immature mind who doesnâ€™t know the history of his own familyâ€.
â€œThe kind of language he (Rahul) has used, I do not know what personal benefit anyone can draw out of bloodshed. Maybe those who are responsible for the 1984 riots know it well,â€ she said.
At the Congressâ€™s news briefing, party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said the BJP-led government was indecisive in dealing with militancy and had compromised national security. â€œThe governmentâ€™s failure to decisively fight and contain terrorism arises out of policy failure, lack of intent and clear direction,â€ he said. Sources in the Congress said the party would raise the issue vociferously in Parliament in the monsoon session. The Congressâ€™s line of attack would be to link the attack on pilgrims with the governmentâ€™s handling of Kashmir and the deteriorating situation in the Valley.
It will also harp on intelligence failure. â€œWe want to ask the BJP government why no concrete preventive steps were taken even after a specific intelligence tip-off,â€ Singhvi said. â€œTwo days before the yatra, IG (Kashmir range) Muneer Khan issued a warning to security agenciesâ€¦ warning of a massive attack on the pilgrimsâ€¦. Why did the government not act?â€ he asked.