After the Congress politicised the Pulwama terror attack on Thursday by flippantly questioning the government on the Prime Minister's whereabouts during the attack and also gave Pakistan an alibi over its role, its former ally Samajwadi Party also echoed the same tune.
Speaking about the Pulwama terror attack, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav also took a political jibe whilst demanding answers from the government, calling it one that asks people for certificates:
"How much investigation was carried about the security on the roads over there? The government must be asked the question. That how did the attack happen. The government which asks for a certificate must answer," Yadav said.
Earlier on Thursday, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala issued a shocking statement politicising the attack and simultaneously giving Pakistan an alibi.
Addressing a press briefing in New Delhi, the Congress leader termed the Pulwama attack as a one perpetrated by a 'homegrown so-called terrorist' and attacked the Prime Minister over his activities on the day of the suicide-bombing, juxtaposing political jibes with questions on the lapses of security precautions during the movement of the 2500-jawan strong CRPF convoy on that fateful day.
"Questions must be asked as to who provided the kilograms of RDX and MI4 carbines, rocket launchers to the homegrown so-called terrorists," Surjewala said during the press briefing.
Party president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday also targeted PM Modi by choosing to create controversy over the Rafale deal, while talking about the martyrdom of 40 CRPF soldiers who were killed by a Pakistan backed Jaish-e-Mohammad suicide bomber on the Jammu-Srinagar highway on February 14.
With a tweet on social media, Rahul Gandhi first spoke about struggle of families of brave soldiers who were martyred, then targeted PM Modi with his much-repeated yet unsubstantiated allegation that the government gave Rs 30,000 crore to Anil Ambani over the Rafale deal as a 'gift'. Furthemore, in his tweet, the Congress chief also wrote about the denial of "Shaheed" status to the 40 CPRF soldiers.
The politicking over the terror attacks comes just a few days after Joint Forces had crushed the Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists who had plotted the attack. Among the three terrorists killed in the operation, one of them is Masood Azhar's close aide and the outfit's local commander.
Announcing that the JeM terrorists who carried out attack were eliminated within 100 hours of the attack, Zulfiqar Hasan, IG, CRPF also spoke on the issue of security lapse at the highway where the incident took place. He said that the ROP (road opening party) was inspecting the area through which the CRPF convoy was passing.
“The ROP had fully secured the NH, but now we are changing the civilian traffic so the entire area will be cleared before any such movement,” he said.
Meanwhile, the National Investigation Agency has officially registered the first FIR in the Pulwama terror attack on Wednesday and is probing the attack site in Pulwama.