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New Delhi: Arguments erupted between  BJP and  Congress party on Monday over the Pathankot attack, as Congress questioned on BJP’s handling of the threat to the nation’s security and BJP replied saying Congress should not politicise sensitive issues like terrorism.

“Intelligence report on a terror module’s infiltration in Delhi, bomb scare on the Shatabdi Express train and all-around general security alert have created an atmosphere of insecurity, raising a question mark on the government’s ability to neutralise the threat with the alacrity it deserves,” Congress spokesperson Ajay Maken said in a statement here.

“Seemingly, there is a lack of ‘command and control structure’ within the government to deal with, take control of and direct elimination of the terror attack like the one in Pathankot,” he added.

The main opposition party asked why Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not describe as “Pakistanis” the terrorists who attacked the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot.

“Why is the PM giving a new description of terrorists as ‘enemies of humanity’ instead of describing them as Pakistani terrorists?” Maken asked.

“In one of the most sinister terror attack since 26/11 ( November 26, 2008, attack in Mumbai), Pakistani terrorists have committed a dastardly attack on India’s security by storming the IAF base in Punjab, which is one of our principal first line of defence,” he said.

The Congress also criticised the government for not convening a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) to assess the situation.

“As expected, the PM should have convened a CCS meeting with all his ministers, monitor the situation and provide a clear-cut unified command to give a befitting reply to Pakistani terrorists and their handlers in Pakistan,” the Congress leader said.

“Besides saving many lives in the process, Modi Ji should have sent a strong message of reassurance qua security to all countrymen and a stern warning to those in Pakistan that is exporting terror modules into India,” he added.

Taking a dig at Modi, Maken said: “Even as the neutralisation of terrorists at the Pathankot air base continued with our security forces fighting valiantly, Modi was propagating yoga to the gatherings in Karnataka.”

He said Modi also addressed a press conference amid the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack when he was the Gujarat chief minister.

The BJP criticised the Congress for flaying the government.

“In the midst of the operation, the Congress criticism is unfortunate. It should not politicise such a sensitive issue like terrorism,” BJP national secretary Srikant Sharma said.

“The menace of terrorism is four decades old and the NDA government has inherited it from the previous governments,” he added.

Sharma also said the Congress has no moral right to question the Modi government and its policies against terrorism.

“Those who are responsible for the menace of terrorism have no moral right to question those trying to solve it,” he said.

He also claimed that the government was a visible one and handled the Pathankot attack actively.

“The previous UPA regime’s approach towards terrorism was casual whereas the present government is active and visible. There was an input from security agencies and the government handled the issue prudently,” Sharma said.

On the Congress’s criticism that Modi had addressed a press conference amid the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, he said: “We will respond to the Congress’s allegation in their language at an appropriate time.”(IANS)

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Gandhi also accused the government of suppressing and intimidating the media

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government of being anti-Dalit and said his party will defeat the BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Gandhi, who led his party’s day-long fast at Rajghat to highlight atrocities against Dalits and other communities, said party workers were protesting against an ideology, a way of thinking.

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Rahul Gandhi is against Modi and his rule.

“The atmosphere that has been created in the country, it is due to the ideology of the BJP. BJP’s ideology is to divide the country, crush the Dalits, tribals, minorities. We are against the ideology of the BJP. We are standing against it today, we will stand against it throughout our lives. And we will defeat them in the 2019 elections,” Gandhi told reporters.

Asked about BJP Dalit MPs writing to Modi with their complaints, Gandhi said: “You talk to them in Parliament. They also tell us that Modiji is a casteist person, an anti-Dalit person. He has no place for Dalits in his heart, the whole country knows this. It is not a secret.”

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Gandhi attacked BJP President Amit Shah for likening the coming together of opposition parties to “snakes, mongoose, dogs and cats” climbing a tree trunk to save themselves from floods. He said every person in the country was against the BJP.

“Some days back a BJP leader said that opposition members were animals. The truth is that today every person in the country is standing against the government. The approach that this government has against Dalits, tribals, minorities and farmers, we are standing against it,” he said. Gandhi said the country will not accept that Modi government “spreads violence, hatred in the country… We are standing here against this ideology.”

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Gandhi also accused the government of suppressing and intimidating the media. “You are standing on the other side but in actuality you are standing on our side as we are protecting you also. You are smiling, I know. We are fighting for you as well.” IANS