Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani on Wednesday tore into Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for holding Prime Minister Narendra Modi responsible for Amarnath terror attack and said history stands evidence that the challenges of Kashmir have been gifted by Nehru-Gandhi family.
"History has evidence that when it comes to challenges with regard to Kashmir, those have been given out to country, courtesy Nehru-Gandhi family," Irani told ANI.
She said Rahul's comment is an example of cheap politics, as he chose to attack Prime Minister Narendra Modi when the nation stands united and is fighting a crucial war against terrorism.
"This kind of comment from Rahul after returning from holiday indicates that he will not leave any single opportunity to do politics," she said.
Further stressing on the same, Irani said such comments are boosting the morale of the terrorists and is an effort to demotivate the people fighting against the terrorists.
"Gandhi is speaking about personal gain in his tweet. There are few questions he needs to answer, that when Congress representative Mani Shanker Aiyar went to Pakistan and requested for help to remove Prime Minister Modi's government, was that for personal gain or was a political strategy?" she asked.
She even mocked on Rahul and said his comments is a stopgap arrangement, which he repeats often after returning from holidays.
"Everybody in country knows that very soon Gandhi will be off to another holiday, this is just a stopgap arrangement. When he comes back to India he needs to find one such statement which he needs to give against the PM Modi," she said.
Earlier in the day, Rahul Gandhi blamed the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-People's Democratic Party (PDP) Government in Jammu and Kashmir and said that Prime Minister Modi's policy has created space for terrorists in the Valley.
Rahul took to Twitter to condemn the recent terror attack.
"Modi's policies have created space for terrorists in Kashmir. Grave strategic blow for India," he tweeted.
He said Prime Minister Modi's party alliance with the PDP has cost India massively.
"Short term political gain for Modi from PDP alliance has cost India massively. Modi's personal gain= India's strategic loss + sacrifice of innocent Indian blood," he tweeted.
Earlier too, in a series of tweets condemning the attack on Amarnath pilgrims, Rahul had called upon Prime Minister Modi to take responsibility for the same, adding that the attack was the result of a 'grave and unacceptable security lapse'.
The BJP lashed out at Rahul's 'lack of maturity' over his attempts to politicise the Anantnag terror attack that killed seven pilgrims.
"While the whole country is united at this dark hour, there are some discordance voices like Rahul Gandhi's. Right now, we need to go after the enemy, not place blame and politicise the matter. This is something that people who are not mature don't understand," BJP leader R.K. Singh told ANI.
"Whatever corrective action is necessary, it will be taken in due course of time," he added.
As many as seven people were killed and fifteen others were injured after a group of terrorists opened fire on a bus carrying 17 pilgrims from Baltal to Mir Bazar around 8.20 p.m. on Monday night.
Meanwhile, three Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists were killed by security forces near Budgam district in Jammu and Kashmir yesterday night.
Based on inputs of presence of some terrorists in a specific house, an operation was launched by troops of the Rashtriya Rifles, Special Operation Group (SOG) of the Jammu and Kashmir Police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Radbug village of Budgam.
The troops recovered one self-loading rifle along with three magazines and one pistol with one magazine.
Two terrorists have been identified as Javed, a resident of Churpur and Aabid, a resident of Badgam. The identity of the third one is yet to be ascertained.
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