Declaring that India is in ‘danger’ following the deadly Pathankot attack, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav on Friday hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) – led government and lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying he has ‘failed’ to protect the country.
“India is a state of danger and BJP and Narendra Modi have failed in protecting India. Everyone knows that our defence is one of the best in the world and yet, they managed to enter our home where our soldiers were martyred. Modi used to say that Pakistan won’t be able to look us in the eye and that he has a 56 inch chest, so I want to ask him that how did they enter our home?,” Lalu told the media here.
Sharpening his attack on the Centre, he added that the BJP had used ‘Jungle Raj’ as a weapon during the Bihar polls, but the Pathankot attack showed the true state of the country under the NDA regime.
“Why aren’t the BJP and RSS debating anymore now that our soldiers have been killed? Today, they are mum. They talk about law and order, say Jungle Raj is back but I ask now that who is responsible for the condition of the country. They (Centre) are asking Pakistan to take action and Pakistan is asking for proof. I can see where all this is heading to,” Lalu said.
However, contradicting the RJD chief’s view, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today lauded the Prime Minister’s surprise visit to Lahore and said that the democratically elected government in Islamabad must become stronger for resolving ties between the two hostile neighbours.
“As far as the Prime Minister’s visit to Pakistan is concerned, it is my personal opinion that his visit was absolutely right. At this point, it is very important for the democratically elected government there (in Pakistan) to become stronger as there are other factors also there,” he told the media here.
Meanwhile, high-level official sources confirm that the conspiracy behind the terrorist attack in Pathankot was hatched in Markaj, Pakistan.
Putting the ball in Pakistan’s court, India yesterday said the attack has once again put renewed focus on the challenge posed by cross-border terrorism.