Prime Minister Narendra Modi upped the ante against the Congress, alleging that the party, through its manifesto, is blowing the trumpet of Pakistan more than that of India. He said there was a “coalition” between the two as both are opposed to changes in Article 370.
Addressing a rally in Imphal, PM Modi also noted that the Congress had claimed no one could tamper with Article 370 of the Constitution, an assertion which Pakistan agreed to.
“Congress is helping spread propaganda of Pakistan across the world... Congress' hypocrisy document seems to blow the trumpet of Pakistan more than that of India. Just a day after Congress said that no one can touch Article 370, Pakistan repeated the stand. What type of coalition is this?” he said.
In its manifesto, the Congress promised that it won’t allow any change in the constitutional position on Article 370, review AFSPA and reduce presence of armed forces in the Kashmir, if it comes to power in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
A day after, Pakistan foreign office spokesman Mohammad Faisal said that the abrogation of Article 370 was a violation of the UN resolutions and that people of Kashmir will not accept it.
"The Congress stands with those who want separate prime ministers for India and Jammu and Kashmir," PM Modi said.
“They have played with your lives and respect. Manipur is known for football and it's about time to show the red card to Congress for the foul,” the prime minister said.
Earlier, addressing a rally in Tripura’s Udaipur, PM Modi hit out at the Congress and the Left front, saying that the opposition parties were hell-bent on removing him from power, even if that meant singing paeans to Pakistan.
"The Congress and the Left are working together to oust Modi. They have stooped too low, singing paeans to Pakistan even when the NDA government was taking on the terrorists on the soil of the neighbouring country.
"In Tripura, they (Left and Congress) are fighting each other, but in Delhi they stand united, holding each other's hand. If there was no help from the Left, or there was no game behind the curtains, why would the naamdar of the Congress go to Kerala for the contest?"
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi is contesting the general election from Wayanad in Kerala and Amethi in Uttar Pradesh.
"If he (Rahul Gandhi) wanted to contest from south, he could have gone to Pondicherry or Karnataka. He could have also gone to Andhra Pradesh, where the Congress has recently forged friendship with U-turn babu, or to Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh."
PM Modi has coined the moniker "U-turn babu" for Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief Chandrababu Naidu, who pulled out his party of the NDA in March 2018.