Chief minister Narendra Modi on Saturday accused the UPA of lacking the courage to stand up to Pakistan’s interior minister Rehman Malik’s remarks equating the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack to Babri mosque demolition.
“The government in Delhi is so weak that Malik comes to India and states authoritatively that 26/11 Mumbai terror attack is similar to Babri demolition. The Babri demolition is an internal matter of India. If the government had guts, it should have asked the Pakistan delegation to say sorry for its comments,” Modi said while addressing an election rally at Prantij in Sabarkantha, on the last day of campaigning.
The visiting Pak minister had created a flutter on Friday when he equated 26/11 Mumbai attacks with the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition in Ayodhya.
The BJP also cited the 2010 verdict of Allahabad high court on the land title of Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya to counter Malik’s remarks. “Malik should have been told about the high court judgement holding that a temple or a temple structure predated Babri mosque,” BJP spokesperson Ravishankar Prasad said in New Delhi. Prasad said he was surprised at the Centre’s silence despite the Pakistan minister raking up the Babri issue on Indian soil.
Modi also accused the prime minister’s office (PMO) of keeping the country in the dark over the Sir Creek issue. He said that neither the prime minister nor the Congress had responded to his questions on the issue.
Modi had claimed on Wednesday that the Centre was planning to hand over Sir Creek to Pakistan. However, the PMO has dismissed the allegation as untrue. Modi under attack on Sir Creek issue,