PM Modi accuses Congress of questioning Batla House encounter

28 November, 2022 | Vaishali Sharma

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a stinging assault on the Congress ahead of the Gujarat Assembly election on Sunday, claiming that terrorism was at its zenith under the Congress' tenure.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a stinging assault on the Congress ahead of the Gujarat Assembly election on Sunday, claiming that terrorism was at its zenith under the Congress’ tenure and that the party attacked him instead of terrorists for vote bank tactics.

Addressing a public meeting in Kheda, PM Modi said, “Gujarat had long been a target of terrorism. The people of Gujarat were killed in explosions in Surat and Ahmedabad. Congress was at the Centre then, we asked them to target terrorism but they targeted me instead. Terrorism was at the peak in the country.” The Prime Minister said Congress considers terrorism as its vote bank, adding that several other parties indulging in appeasement politics also have arisen.

┬áTraining his guns at Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday accused the party of being “well-wishers of terrorists” and questioning the Batla House encounter in 2008, which was an act of terrorism.

During his address at a public rally in Gujarat’s Surat, PM Modi said that the Batla house encounter was an act of terrorism but Congress leaders had questioned it. “The new generation of Gujarat has not seen the serial bomb blasts of Ahmedabad and Surat. I want to caution them of those who are well-wishers of terrorists. Batla house encounter was an act of terrorism but Congress leaders had questioned it,” he said.

PM Modi asserted that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has been acting toward eliminating the menace of terrorism.

“Your one vote in 2014 has created a lot of difference in killing terrorism in the country. Terrorists have to think a lot even before attacking our borders. But Congress questions our surgical strike. The youth of the state, aged up to 25 years, have never seen what a curfew looks like. I have to save them from the bomb explosions, only BJP’s double-engine government can do this,” he said.

The Prime Minister said Congress considers terrorism as its vote bank, adding that several other parties indulging in appeasement politics also have arisen.

“During the Batla House encounter, Congress leaders cried in support of terrorists. Even terrorism is a vote bank for Congress. It is not just Congress now, several such parties have risen, who believe in politics of shortcut and appeasement,” PM Modi added.