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Congress cozying up with Pakistani reps, has no regrets but slams BJP


Yatindra Bhatnagar


It doesn’t come as a surprise. The dismal opposition, but overrated Congress Party, is totally exposed in their nefarious and indefensible conduct of having secret meetings with Pakistan’s former minister and other leaders. 

Their darling, Rahul Gandhi, just elevated as the president of the party (what else their hand-picked electors could have done) had a meeting with even the Chinese envoy. 

Both these countries have been following an anti-India policy. Normally, on any international issue, domestic politicians and parties do not give the impression that they were going against the government and meeting leaders on their own. This gives a wrong impression and sends a wrong signal. It is anti-national, to say bluntly. 

On top of it, the Congress has the cheek to slam the ruling BJP and level allegations against even Prime Minister Modi.  

Lo and behold, even the docile, and ‘silent’ ex-prime minister Manmohan Singh found his voice again to attack Narendra Modi for accusing Congress of using Pakistan to influence Gujarat elections. Wow! 

But don’t be surprised. This has been the Congress tactic: be aggressive, as offense is the best form of defense. Even if  anti-India elements are openly critical of the country and its leaders. Pakistan, naturally, would complain about being dragged into India’s domestic politics.   

The party that could not even muster one tenth of the total number of seats in the House to be recognized as the official Opposition Party, has the audacity to accuse the ruling party that by itself had secured the majority in the elections. The Congress asked the Prime Minister to apologize. Hahaha! 

It was in the fitness of things when India’s Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley gave a fitting reply, saying : "I am surprised that Congress is demanding an apology from the PM when it is they (Congress) who should apologize for not following the declared national line on Pakistan."

Jaitley wisely reminded the Congress, that the main opposition party was expected to follow the national policy, which was that terror and talks could not go hand in hand. "Is (the) main opposition party not part of the State?" he asked, adding that while in opposition, BJP would never engage with Pakistan without the government's nod.

Jaitley said if anyone defied the national line, they should be prepared to answer questions. "It is a political misadventure, it has a political cost," he added.

Jaitley, accompanied by Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, maintained that Manmohan Singh should not have met former Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri at Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar's residence. 

[Aiyar himself has been suspended, but not for hosting the  meeting but calling Modi ‘neech’ (low level person.)]

Jaitley rubbed on Aiyar : "On Pakistan, Mani Shankar Aiyar has always followed a line which has not been consistent with the official position. But for a former PM to defy the national position... is a serious misadventure." 

[Aiyar has said in the past many things against India and pro-Pakistan. On a visit to Pakistan he had said that Modi should be removed to have a peace dialogue with Pakistan.]

Jaitley, rightly, added that Congress, being the principal opposition party, was an important stakeholder and a party to the official decision. "Instead of protesting, the former PM should explain what was the justification of the meeting.  The meeting should not have taken place because it conflicted with national policy." 

The Congress Party and its governments have always been less-than-staunch nationalists and have always given free hand to anti-India elements such as separatists in Jammu & Kashmir and elsewhere. The separatist organization, Hurriat, of Kashmir was, kind of, treated as a separatist territory’s embassy, allowed an office in New Delhi, given all the privileges to travel and function within India and meet with Pakistani envoys, and even to travel to Pakistan for talks with the government and other leaders. 

Wasn’t that shameful? It certainly was. That policy not only continues to this day but also is seen even around election time to raise more suspicion.  

Like we always say: It’s not enough to be truthful, but also seen that you are truthful. 

The Congress Party and their leaders have not done either.