New Delhi: Hitting back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking a swipe at the Congress for being in power during the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala on Tuesday said the former – who was then the chief minister of Gujarat – was busy playing politics when the forces were combating the terrorists during 26/11.

Surjewala further alleged that the prime minister later invited the mastermind of the dastardly terror attack to Pathankot.

“When our valiant forces were combating terrorists during 26/11, CM Modi was playing politics. Later, mastermind of the attack ISI was invited by PM Narendra Modi to Pathankot,” he said.

Taking a dig at the BJP government, the Congress spokesperson also said that those questioning Punjab Cabinet minister Navjot Singh “should reply on this first”.

Two months ago, the BJP had attacked Sidhu for announcing that Pakistan had decided to allow Sikh pilgrims direct access to the gurdwara in Kartarpur and also for hugging the Pakistan Chief of Army General Qamar Bajwa during his visit to the neighbouring country to attend the oath-taking ceremony of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Sidhu, who has accepted the Pakistan’s invite to attend the ground-breaking ceremony of the corridor on the other side of the border by the neighbouring country’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday, however, skipped the foundation stone laying ceremony here by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.

Sidhu, who is in Pakistan to attend the ground-breaking ceremony of the corridor on the other side of the border by the neighbouring country’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday, skipped the foundation stone laying ceremony here by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.

PM Modi, addressing a poll rally in Rajasthan’s Bhilwara on the tenth anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks on Monday, stepped up the tempo as he referred to then Congress president and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi as “madam” who ruled the country at the time. He said the party was involved in the game of winning election in Rajasthan and other states when the terror attack shocked the world ten years back.

“Delhi was ruled by madam… the world was shaken but the Congress was playing how-to-win-the-election game,” the prime minister said referring to Sonia Gandhi, who was widely believed to be the power behind then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The Congress retaliated by alleging PM Modi was playing politics on the issue of national security and had “compromised” national interest.