Congress Says, "PM Dividing People, Playing With Their Emotions"

Congress Says, "PM Dividing People, Playing With Their Emotions"

Congress Says, "PM Dividing People, Playing With Their Emotions"

New Delhi: The Congress and BJP are having a war of words, over India's most wanted terrorist, Masood Azhar. The Congress party today brought out fresh ammo to attack the ruling party - a 2010 interview of National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. It was claimed by the party that the top officer blamed then BJP-government for releasing the terrorist two decades ago.

"Modi government''s NSA, Ajit Doval, ''spills the beans'' and indicts BJP government in release of terrorist, Masood Azhar. Doval said (in the interview), ''Releasing Masood Azhar was a political decision''," Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweeted.

In order to accuse NSA Doval, the Congress cited an old interview  of giving a ''clean chit'' to Masood Azhar.

The Congress Spokesperson, Mr Surjewala went on to highlight a portion of Mr Doval's interview in which he is quoted as saying:" Masood Azhar doesn't know how to fabricate an IED. Neither he is a marksman". The party also claimed that the National Security Advisor said that Jammu and Kashmir's tourism improved by 200 per cent after Azhar's release. 

Mr Surjewala claimed that the NSA saluted the real "nationalistic policy of Congress-UPA to tacke terror, the spokesperson claimed. 
On Tuesday, the Congress party held a Congress Working Committee  meeting in PM Modi's home turf, Gujarat. The Congress party launched its campaign for the April-May national election from Gaujarat on a day he targeted the Gandhis in a blog to mark Mahatma Gandhi's Dandi March.

The Chief of Congress party, Rahul Gandhi, his mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi sat with former prime minister Manmohan Singh at the head of the table as the Congress Working Committee (CWC) held strategy discussions at Sardar Patel National Memorial in Ahmedabad.

Priyanka Gandhi, who had joined as Congress general secretary last month was also present at the meeting. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra sat with other Congress general secretaries, away from her mother and brother, at her first CWC meeting.

Congress general secretary, Ms Gandhi has been tasked with turning around the party's fortune in 41 constituencies of Uttar Pradesh, is likely to make her debut speech as a Congress leader.

The leaders of the Congress party along with the three Gandhis, rode a bus to Sabarmati for a visit to Mahatma Gandhi's ashram. The Congress leaders had also paid tribute to soldiers at a memorial before heading to Sardar Patel National Memorial for the CWC meeting.

The Congress is looking to send out a strong political message to the entire nation from the land of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel.

After the Pulwama terror attack on February 14 and the air strikes by India across the Line of Control on a terror camp in Balakot, the meeting of the party was postponed.

"It is after 1961, a gap of 58 years, that Gujarat is going to host a meeting of the CWC. It is also being held to commemorate the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi beginning a new chapter in India's Independence struggle by launching the 'Salt Satyagraha' to Dandi on March 12, 1930," Congress' state in-charge Rajeev Satav told reporters.

Patidar leader Hardik Patel, who shot to fame by spearheading a quota stir in Gujarat is set join the Congress in the presence of Rahul Gandhi today.

The Congress in Gujarat, battling infighting, has alleged that the BJP has been "engineering defections of party legislators", with three of them quitting in the last four days. Sources say, a few more Congress lawmakers may quit to join the BJP before the elections, scheduled to begin on April 11.

Sources say senior Congress leaders want the narrative for the general elections to be steered towards the real issues of joblessness, demonetization and farmer distress, from what the party calls the "propaganda" plank of the Narendra Modi government, especially after Pulwama attack and the air strike on terror camps in Balakot.