NEW DELHI - A day after former home minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram backed greater autonomy for Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched a blistering attack on the grand old party and said such remarks are an insult to the brave soldiers of the country.
“Why are Congress leaders lending their voice to those who want Azadi in Kashmir. This is an insult to our brave soldiers,” PM Modi said while addressing a gathering at the Dashamah Soundarya Lahari Parayanotsava Mahasarmapane in Bengaluru.
Criticising Chidambaram’s stance on Kashmir, the Prime Minister said such statements undermine the armed forces achievements like carrying out surgical strikes. “Yesterday’s statement of a Congress leader on Kashmir clearly shows how the party feels on surgical strikes and bravery of our Army,” Modi said, while describing Chidambaram’s statement as “unacceptable.”
“Congress will have to answer for the recent statement of their leaders on Kashmir. The statement was unacceptable,” he said.
PM Modi also targeted the Congress over alleged lies made by the party members on the standoff between India and China in Doklam. “Do you remember the lies Congress was spreading on Doklam. People of India trusted them so much but this is their conduct,” he stated.
In Karnataka, which goes to polls next year, Modi also said the Congress is disconnected with the aspirations of the country. “People have no expectations from the Congress party,” Modi said.