PM Modi silent on attack on Amarnath pilgrims: Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi: The Congress today targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his alleged silence over the attack on Amarnath pilgrims with party vice president Rahul Gandhi accusing him of pursuing policies that created “space for terrorists” in Kashmir.

The Congress vice president also said that the prime minister’s “pursuit of short-term political gains” from the BJP-PDP alliance in Jammu and Kashmir had cost the country dear and resulted in sacrifices of innocent Indians. “Modi’s policies have created space for terrorists in Kashmir. Grave strategic blow for India.

Short term political gain for Modi from PDP alliance has cost India massively,” he said in a series of tweets. Gandhi also tweeted, “Modi’s personal gain = India’s strategic loss + sacrifice of innocent Indian blood”.

Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said the attack happened due to “gross and grave intelligence failure” despite specific inputs and condemned the prime minister for not coming forward to either admit the grave security failure or assure the nation of decisive action.

“BJP government is ‘soft on terror’ and has compromised national security. The government’s failure to decisively fight and contain terrorism arises out of policy failure, intent and clear direction,” he said.

He added, “No amount of chest thumping, false bravado and TV studio warfare can now be an escape route for the BJP to hide its massive failures”. Singhvi said since the past 38 months, India only has a “part time” defence minister, which is a “sad commentary” on the state of affairs.

He questioned why the prime minister should not own responsibility for “endangering our national security”. “We have not even heard a single syllable on the momentous failure on the part of PM Narendra Modi on steps being taken,” he alleged.

The Congress leader said after a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security, MoS Home Hansraj Ahir claimed that the government “will look into security lapses and will fill in the gaps”, while MoS in PMO Jitendra Singh showered praises on the prime minister and said that “he is personally monitoring the situation”.

Singhvi said while the Union ministers and BJP’s deputy CM in Jammu and Kashmir Nirmal Singh is conceding that “there was definitely a lapse in security”, BJP General Secretary in- charge of the state Ram Madhav sharply contradicted them saying “there was no security lapse”.