Akhnoor (J&K): At a rally in Akhnoor on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi kept up his attack on the Opposition. Putting the onus of the state’s problems squarely on the Congress, National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party, PM Modi said, “It is because of them that Kashmiri Pandits faced so much trouble. Sadly, national security is not a priority for them, they only care about power.”

Saying that the Congress’ attitude was unfathomable for him, the PM said, “What is beyond comprehension is Congress’ attitude. Is it the same Congress that Sardar Patel was a part of? Is it the same Congress that Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was a part of, and fought for India’s independence?”

He said he failed to understand how the Congress could continue to speak in a voice so different from that of the nation. He said, “The whole country is talking in one voice and these Congress people are talking in a different voice. Do you accept this language of Congress? Of PDP? of NC? Pakistan applauds their language.”

And then, he went on to explain the reason for the Congress’ stance on various issues. He said, “Congress ke naamdaar ke guru jo desh-videsh mein un ke sath rehte hain, Congress ki niti nirdharan karte hain, ve TV media ke saamne aatankiyon aur Pakistan ko clean-chit de rahe hain. Jab guru hi aisa hoga to chele kaise honge, aur chele ke sathi kaise honge (The guru of Congress’ naamdaar (Rahul Gandhi) who travels India and abroad with him, who decides the party’s policy, he has given a clean chit to Pakistan and terrorists. If a guru (Sam Pitroda) is like that, what can the disciple and that disciple’s friends be like?”

The Prime Minister was pointing an accusatory finger at Sam Pitroda who had, just days ago, questioned the Balakot air strike. After facing flak, Pitroda then went ahead and issued a clarification but by then, the damage was done.