Hours after Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policies created the space for terrorists in the Kashmir Valley, the Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani hit back at the Congress leader saying that he chose to attack PM Modi when the whole nation stands united against terrorism.

“Upon return from strategic and very well-known holiday, Mr. Gandhi has chosen to attack PM, especially when the nation stands united against terrorism,” Smriti Irani said.

“When he is back to India, he needs to find one statement which he needs to give against the PM,” she added.

Smriti Irani said everybody in the country knows that very soon Mr. Gandhi will be off to another holiday and this is just a stopgap arrangement.

“Mr. Gandhi speaks about personal gain, now everybody in our country knows and history has given evidence that when it comes to challenges with regard to Kashmir, those challenges are given out to country courtesy the Nehru-Gandhi family,” the textile minister said.

Rahul Gandhi had said that the short-term political gain for Modi from the alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu and Kashmir had cost India dear.

Gandhi’s latest salvo against the Prime Minister came two days after seven pilgrims were killed when militants opened fire at a bus carrying Amarnath Yatra pilgrims in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district.