With the political campaigning heating up for the remaining phase of elections and focus turning to Maharashtra, a new controversy has been raked up by a former minister in Maharashtra. Politicising the Pulwama terror attack, Congress' Vasant Purke, in a shocking allegation blamed the Prime Minister for the biggest attack on security personnel in many decades.
While campaigning for Congress candidate Tarachand Bhagora in Banswara, former education minister in Maharashtra government under the Congress, Vasant Purke said:
"I allege, I accuse, I charge that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was responsible for killing in Pulwama. He has murdered those 40 men. Why has he done so. I came from Yavatmal and my car was checked 100 times, how much money do I have, what all am I carrying, everything. Now if my car was checked so many times, why was the car of that person not checked who attacked?"
Earlier, in a similar allegation, National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah said that Pulwama attack was an inside job, and that the CRPF Jawans were martyred so that PM Modi could retain his chair. Abdullah said, "CRPF jawans were martyred by him (PM Modi) just for his chair."
This was not the first time that Abdullah went on such a tirade against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Back in March while addressing the NC party workers he doubted that 40 CRPF Jawans were martyred.
"Were Indian soldiers not Martyred in Chhattisgarh? Did Modi Ji go there to give them blood? Did he sympathise with their families? Did he say something about soldiers who were martyred here? But those 40 CRPF people who were martyred, Which I doubt. And I am telling you the truth".
Furthermore, he attacked the government over the Balakot air-strikes and its aftermath saying that Pakistan's F-16 was shot down because PM Modi wanted to 'show how brave he is'.
"And he made an issue out of it and what did he do? Tried to attack Pakistan. Said we have attacked and killed 300 people there. Some said 500 people, some said 1000. He said that we have also shot down their plane. Only to show how brave he is".