Gurdaspur attack: Irresponsible remarks by Cong leaders a cause of concern, says FM
Government today accused Congress of being "irresponsible" for not allowing Home Minister Rajnath Singh to make a statement in Rajya Sabbha on the Gurdaspur terrorist attack, which it said had originated from Pakistan.
New Delhi: Government today accused Congress of being "irresponsible" for not allowing Home Minister Rajnath Singh to make a statement in Rajya Sabbha on the Gurdaspur terrorist attack, which it said had originated from Pakistan.
Attacking Congress, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the opposition party, due to its "petty" politics, presented the country as a "divided" house by not allowing a discussion in Parliament on the cross-border terror incident.
He also slammed Congress leaders for giving contrarian statements on 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon's death sentence, which was upheld by Supreme Court, saying it is "a cause of concern" and demanded that its president Sonia Gandhi explain to the country the party's stand on this.
Jaitley also said that the evidence that the Gurdaspur attack was from across the border is "overwhelmingly conclusive", but refused to say whether dialogue with Pakistan was still possible after this.
"That is a view the government will take and the External Affairs Ministry will take. I would not like to comment on this. That is part of a diplomatic strategy. But, the evidence that it's an attack from across the border now appears to be overwhelmingly conclusive," he said, when asked if the disalogue with the neighbouring country was possible.
Attacking Congress, the Finance Minister said, "The irresponsible statements which have come from some Congress leaders with regard to the punishment given to the accused of the 1993 Mumbai blasts also raises a cause of concern."
He said mainstream national parties are expected to react in a responsible manner and are not expected to show the country as a divided house.
"At least they should have spoken in one voice on an issue like national security. We expect the Congress will once again review its negative and irresponsible behaviour," he said, adding, the party's leadership has "failed the test".
Jaitley expected Sonia Gandhi to clarify before the whole country as to why its party is not allowing a discussion in Parliament on the issue of national security, particularly in the wake of the Gurdaspur incident.
"...To explain how its leaders, some of whom have come out with contrarian statements with regard to the punishment given by the judicial process in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case," he said.