Ludhiana: With Lok Sabha election campaigning reaching its crescendo, now Union Minister Piyush Goyal has invoked 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks to attack then Congress government in the state. (Catch Complete Coverage of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Here)

Addressing an event on Sunday, Goyal said that then Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh failed in his duty while the ordeal continued because he was busy with a film producer, hoping to bag a movie for his son, actor Riteish Deshmukh.

“I am from Mumbai. You might remember the 26/11 terror attack. The then Congress government was weak and could not do anything. The then Chief Minister (Vilasrao Deshmukh) had brought a film producer outside Oberoi Hotel while shooting and bombing was going on inside. CM was concerned about getting his child a film role,” Goyal said.

Goyal also was unsparing of the UPA government, led by then PM Manmohan Singh, and called it a “coward government” for failing to respond to 26/11 attacks of 2008. He said that our armed forces weren’t lacking in any way but the right decision wasn’t taken by the Centre.

He said that “the security forces kept hoping they would be allowed to give a befitting reply but they were not allowed to take action. That was a coward government.

The last phase of Lok Sabha elections would be held on May 19 and counting of votes would be done on May 23.