New Delhi: The BJP top leadership lashed out against Congress and its president Rahul Gandhi for directing bitter diatribes at the Prime Minister after China blocked a bid to brand Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

China for the fourth time blocked a bid in the UN Security Council to designate Pakistan-based terrorist Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist” by putting a technical hold on the proposal on Wednesday, a move India termed as disappointing.

The proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council was moved by France, the UK and the US on February 27, days after a suicide bomber of the Jaish-e-Mohammed killed 40 CRPF soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama, leading to a flare-up in tensions between India and Pakistan.

Rahul Gandhi pulled a fast one when he tweeted, “Weak Modi is scared of Xi. Not a word comes out of his mouth when China acts against India…”

The BJP did not take this attack lying down and tweeted through its Karnataka handle first, “Had your great grandfather Nehru NOT given away UNSC permanent seat to China, which was initially offered to India, China would have never blocked India’s bid…”

 

Further taking a jibe at the Congress president, the BJP Karnataka Twitter tweeted:

On China blocking India’s bid against Masood Azhar at the UNSC, Union minister for law and order Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “The whole world stands with India today in view of China blocking the bid in UNSC, apart from China itself, this is a major diplomatic victory for us.”

Notwithstanding Rahul Gandhi’s sharp attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he added, “Rahul Gandhi today is a member of the China Security Council due to his legacy.” He made this comment in reference to BJP pointing at Jawaharlal Nehru’s alleged decision to refuse a seat in the United Nations Security Council.

UNCERTAINTY OVER NEHRU’S ROLE

Former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s refusal to accept a permanent seat at the UNSC at the cost of China remains a subject of debate, with no credible reports available to back his reasons. Nehru’s critics have since used this as ammunition against him over his abject lack of interest in national affairs and policies.