Congress questions 'ridiculous' security lapses that led to Pulwama attack, asks Narendra Modi to 'walk the talk'

The Congress on Tuesday attacked the government over the Pulwama terror strike, alleging huge security lapses and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to walk the talk after having avoided directly attacking the government.

Press Trust of India February 19, 2019 11:49:38 IST
Congress questions 'ridiculous' security lapses that led to Pulwama attack, asks Narendra Modi to 'walk the talk'
  • Signalling a shift in stance on Tuesday, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi tweeted on the attack

  • Another senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal also hit out at the government over the Pulwama terror attack on Tuesday

  • The Congress in the last few days had avoided directly attacking the government

New Delhi: The Congress on Tuesday attacked the government over the Pulwama terror strike, alleging "huge security lapses", and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to "walk the talk".

The Congress in the last few days had avoided directly attacking the government after Rahul Gandhi said on Saturday that his party is not going to have any conversation over the next couple of days other than the fact that "our most beloved people have been killed, their families need us, and we are going to stand with them".

However, signalling a shift in stance on Tuesday, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi tweeted, "Congress highly responsible and very restrained post Pulwama. Modi pre-2014 made highly provocative statements including resignation calls for then PM (Manmohan Singh) at smallest incident."

"We do not do so post Uri, post Parliament attack, post Pulwama. But huge security lapses have to to be plugged for no recurrence," he said.

Congress questions ridiculous security lapses that led to Pulwama attack asks Narendra Modi to walk the talk

File image of Congress national spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi. AFP

"Is this attention to detail by 56 chest?" he added in a follow-up tweet.

At a press conference on Monday, Singhvi, when asked why the Congress was silent on the alleged "failures" of the government leading to the Pulwama attack, had said he as well as many other Congressmen and non-Congressmen had tweeted their concerns in the first few hours after the attack.

Another senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal also hit out at the government over the Pulwama terror attack on Tuesday.

"Modi ji you say: It's over, the time to talk. You maybe right, but: It's time to walk the talk," he said in a tweet.

"Promise us: No more japphis. No more birthday bashes," he said in an apparent reference to Modi's surprise visit to Pakistan in December 2015, coinciding with Pakistan's then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's birthday.

On Thursday, 42 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed in Jammu and Kashmir when a Jaish-e-Mohammed suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama district.

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