The Janata Dal (United) on Monday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi rather than believing in receiving standing ovations abroad must focus on the advice of former union minister Yashwant Sinha, who has questioned the ruling dispensation’s policy with regard to hostile neighbour Pakistan.
JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said Sinha’s remark is a clear indication of the fact that there is a big lapse in our foreign policy. “It is very serious issue. It is a failure of our foreign policy. If Yashwant Sinha, who is a senior leader, is saying such things then BJP should take it into consideration,” Anwar told ANI
“What Prime Minister Modi is doing, getting standing ovations in USA? What else. We have spoiled our relations with almost all the nations. What are we earning from his visits on which huge amount of money is spent? If a senior leader, who has himself been a senior bureaucrat, is saying such things, it means that there is big lapse in our foreign policy,” he added.
Sinha yesterday alleged that India’s current policy with Pakistan was a complete failure and called on the Modi government to take action against the hostile neighbour or continue to face attacks like Pathankot and Pampore.
The former finance minister stated that the continuous assaults on the Indian defence, which has resulted in the deaths of several personnel, have given birth to a war-like situation between India and Pakistan.
“When these numbers of our people are being slaughtered, it’s a clear open attack on India by Pakistan. It is with great distress that I am saying that our government’s policy towards Pakistan has failed. There are still many leaders, who will call for cordiality with Pakistan saying they are ‘bechara’. They are not ‘bechara’, they have been attacking us for years and now, they are targeting our defence personnel head on,” Sinha said.
Calling on the Centre to muster courage and make Pakistan accountable for all they have done, Sinha said that there was absolutely no reason for India to be afraid. “If we never question Pakistan and keep ‘bowing down’ to them then attacks like those in Pathankot and Pampore will continue. After incidents like Pathankot, we bang our chests and weep and then forget about it,” he added.
Stating the time has come to teach Pakistan a lesson, Sinha said, “If they have nuclear weapons, so do we. For the government, I am under the category of brain dead as I do not even have the status to give an opinion. But I have continuously opposed this government’s policy towards Pakistan.”