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Published On: Thu, Feb 21st, 2019

PM Modi was shooting film at Corbett when nation was mourning Pulwama attack: Congress

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dj4pahc8_surjewala-modi-jim-corbett_625x300_21_February_19NEW DELHI : Congress party on Thursday hit out at the Centre over the Pulwama attack. The Congress accused PM Narendra Modi of shooting a documentary in the Corbett National Park on the day of the Pulwama terror and continuing filming even after news of the deadly attack emerged. Congress said, PM Modi continued shooting film at the Corbett after the news of killing of 40 CRPF jawans broke.
The gloves are off days after Rahul Gandhi declared that the Congress would fully support the government on the Pulwama terror attack and avoid any politics. The Congress today accused Prime Minister Modi of shooting a documentary in the Corbett National Park on the day of the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 soldiers were killed by a suicide bomber in Kashmir, and continuing filming even after news of the deadly attack emerged.

Addressing a press conference, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala attacked Prime Minister  Modi for not giving the issue its due importance. “When the whole country was mourning the loss of lives of our jawans in Pulwam Attack in the afternoon, PM Modi was busy shooting for a film in Jim Corbett park till evening. Is there any PM in the world like this?” Surjewala said. “The terror attack happened at 3:10 pm, but PM Modi was busy shooting for his promotional film till 6:40 pm,” Surjewala added.
Surjewala’s attack was based on media reports that claimed PM Modi was in Nainital shooting on February 14, after the news of Pulwama attack broke in afternoon. Surjewala also slammed the BJP government of politicising the attacks, saying “Amit Shah politicised the soldiers’ martyrdom at a poll rally that the sacrifice of soldiers would not go waste as it was a BJP government in power and not Congress. Congress said, they are bringing facts to public knowledge that how PM Modi insulted the memory of dead soldiers by shooting a film in Corbett National Park right after their death.In his hunger for power, the prime minister has forgotten “raj dharma” (duty of governance), he alleged, turning to the phrase once used by former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Meanwhile, BJP president Amit Shah hit back accusing the Congress of playing politics over the Pulwama attack. “The Congress is making an issue of the events the PM was attending at that time. Say whatever you want, but the people of the country are not affected. He is very serious about national security and zero tolerance towards terrorism. With what face are you questioning the PM? The same party questioned the surgical strikes,” he said at a rally in Andhra Pradesh. Over 40 CRPF soldiers died in the terror attack on a convoy in Pulwama last week

On February 14, PM Modi was reportedly shooting for a Discovery documentary on his days in the Himalayas. “Modiji, alongwith the head of Discovery and its camera crew, was watching gharial (crocodile) during his boat ride. He had tea and samosa at 7 pm at a government guest house while the nation didn’t eat. It is absolutely despicable and shameful,” Mr Surjewala charged, stating that local papers had reported a minute-to-minute schedule of the PM. “While the country was picking up the remains of our soldiers, the Prime Minister was busy with his propaganda and publicity,” he said. (With Agency Inputs ).

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