Jammu: Hitting out at the standoff between Centre and Delhi government, Congress today accused the Narendra Modi-led government of “adopting a dictatorial attitude” and asked Arvind Kejriwal to set his priorities right.
“Whatever is going on in Delhi is the clear indication of the dictatorial attitude of the Narendra Modi government, which is meddling with the affairs of a democratically elected government. But having said so, the Chief Minister should also set his priorities right,” Shobha Ojha, President, All India Mahila Congress told reporters here.
She noted that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal must focus on developmental issues that he had promised to the people of the city who gave him such a huge mandate.
When asked to comment on the statement of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar that ‘we have to neutralize terrorists through terrorists only', Ojha said that it was unfortunate that such a statement came from a Union Minister.
On the issue of issuance of passport to separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, the Congress spokesperson said that the stand of her party was clear that Geelani should not be given a passport.
“Our stand is clear on this and we maintain that he should not be given a passport. Congress has never been in favour of the separatists and national security is our primary concern,” she said.
The Congress leader alleged that incidents of cross border ceasefire violations have increased since the new government took over at the Centre.
“Where has that 56-inches chest gone which used to claim that we will give a befitting reply to the Pakistan side? Now you see that the incidents of cross border firing have seen a remarkable increase in the past one year,” she said.
Commenting on the recent remarks of Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi that ‘the people who want to eat beef must go to Pakistan', she said that it was “very unfortunate”.
“They won elections on the issue of development, but now they have taken a U-turn on every such issue, be it the black money or others... This government is a total failure... Now they want to decide what the people of the country should eat, what they should wear and what they should watch... This is really unfortunate,” she said.
Accusing BJP of cheating the people of Jammu region, Ojha said that the people in Jammu who voted for the party were now feeling disenchanted.
“Be it the issue of AIIMS, or the artificial lake, the people of Jammu have been befooled by the BJP who has compromised on everything just to be in power with the PDP,” she said.