New Delhi: Congress leader BK Hariprasad alleged on Thursday that the Pulwama terror attack was the result of a “match-fixing” between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan.
The BJP took strong exception to the Congress politician’s statement.
#CongAbsolvesPak: Mr Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) should clarify whether there is any match-fixing between Pakistan and Mr Modi or else without their knowledge, Pulwama incident would have not taken place: BK Hariprasad, Congress pic.twitter.com/O8lDx8jpnj
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) March 7, 2019
Hariprasad said, “If you look at the developments after the Pulwama attack, it is clear that it was match-fixing between PM Narendra Modi and Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan.”
Hariprasad said that “Union minister Ravi Shankar should clarify how the match was fixed between PM Modi and Imran Khan. Without their knowledge, the terrorists could not have carried out the Pulwama attack.”
Earlier, senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh had called the Pulwama attack an “accident”, which led to a big controversy.
Union minister and senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad targeted the Congress on the statement of Hariprasad and alleged that such wild allegations are being made at the behest of Rahul Gandhi.
Why Hariprasad and Congress might have lost their cool
At least 40 soldiers were killed in the attack on the CRPF convoy in Pulwama on 14 February. They were returning to duty after a holiday. The incident shocked the nation. Since then, continuous efforts are being made to take precautionary measures.
To punish the perpetrators of the crime, India carried out air strikes inside Pakistan (Balakot of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province) on 26 February and targeted terror camps killing, according to estimates, more than 300 terrorists of Jaish-e-Mohammed that had claimed the responsibility of the Pulwama attack.
Thereafter, Pakistan tried to retaliate by targeting Indian Army brigade headquarters in the Naushera sector of Jammu and Kashmir. The IAF scrambled its jets and threw such a stiff resistance that the PAF fighter jets had to flee to their territory. However, in the dogfight, one Pakistani F-16 and an Indian MiG-21 Bison were hit. The Indian fighter aircraft fell in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir where, incidentally, the F-16 wreckage fell too. While the Indian pilot flying the wrecked MiG, Abhinandan Varthaman was captured by Pakistan and later returned under diplomatic pressure, a mob lynched the Pakistani pilot who had ejected from his plane, taking him for an Indian soldier.
In this entire period, a wave of nationalism prevailed on the country, making political observers theorise that the sentiment may benefit the ruling BJP in the upcoming general elections because Prime Minister Modi had authorised the strike on Pakistan. In all likelihood, the Congress is coming up with conspiracy theories besides challenging the IAF claim that heavy casualties were inflicted on the enemy to deny the Modi regime any electoral benefit from this low-intensity India-Pakistan war.
One may recall that the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government had resumed its work in 1999 with a comfortable majority for the NDA in Parliament following the Kargil War.
History of loose comments
The political discourse in the country hit a new low on 17 January when Congress MP Hariprasad made light of the illness of BJP president Amit Shah, who was previously admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi to get treated for swine flu.
“Amit Shah has got fever due to panic. He panicked as some MLAs (of the INC) have come back. If he topples the Congress-JD(S) government, then he will have vomiting and loose motions. That is why he got suar ka zukaam (cold of a pig),” INC leader and Rajya Sabha MP BK Hariprasad said at a party event.