In a shocking development, Congress ally in Maharashtra, the NCP has promised that it will include talks with Pakistan in its Lok Sabha polls manifesto.
The party's leader Nawab Malik has said that the NCP include talks on terrorism with Pakistan in its manifesto.
"We will open talks with Pakistan during which we will insist on discussing terrorism. We will work to move Russia away from getting too close to China and Pakistan by frequent high level exchanges," Malik Said.
NCP's leader and Rajya Sabha MP Majeed Menon also spoke on the matter,
"Retaliating to Pakistan can only escalate, to have normal relations we need to hold talks. Having talks does not mean we will surrender to them."
NCP leader DP Tripathi also spoke on the party's election manifesto promise
"Road to dialogues should never be closed. It's necessary to strengthen our stand in global circumstances. So we said road to dialogue should stay open. I don't say dialogues will immediately resolve situation but it'll lessen problems," he said.
Congress and its allies and several in the Opposition have taken a pro-Pakistan stand where the leaders have not only questioned India's air-strike on terror camps across the LoC but some have even given Pakistan clean chit in the Pulwama terror attack.
Arvind Sawant, MP from Shiv Sena criticised the party saying that it has taken the position to appease voters.
"Even after 70 years the party says this, they are saying this to appease a section of voters," he said.
Recently Congress' close aide Sam Pitroda had triggered a controversy for the party only days ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, when he insulted the forces with his questionable remarks. Claiming that attacks happen all the time, Sam Pitroda stated that the then UPA government could have also sent its planes in to counter-attack Pakistan in the aftermath of the attack on Mumbai but "it's not the right approach."