BJP Wanted To Keep J&K Issue Alive Till 2019 Polls: Sinha

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SRINAGAR — Slamming Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s repeated references to Pakistan while campaigning for the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha on Friday claimed the party is deliberately bringing up Pakistani threats as mentioning China would not arouse the same emotions.

Sinha sought to attack the government on its Jammu and Kashmir policy, claiming that Modi hadn’t responded to his pleas for an appointment in 2016 after militant Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter. Sinha, as a former member of the cabinet committee, was making efforts to mediate between parties at that point.

 “I guess they wanted to keep the J&K issue alive till the 2019 polls despite expressing faith in Vajpayee government’s policy at the time of forging an alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),” he was quoted as saying by news18.com.

 “Modi’s 56-inch chest is only for Pakistan and it shrinks to six inches when the Chinese threat is mentioned,” said the former External Affairs minister, criticising Modi’s foreign policy.

To drive home his point on Modi’s faulty foreign policy, the veteran leader invoked late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who had written to the United States about the 1998 nuclear tests. Vajpayee then had attempted to ‘de-hyphenate’ India and Pakistan while pushing for Delhi’s right to build a nuclear arsenal.

Sinha said Vajpayee’s was an attempt to distinguish between India and Pakistan, indicating to the global community that the nations were not at par with each other.

 “By invoking Pakistan all the time, PM Modi has made the mistake of hyphenating the two nations once again,” said the former bureaucrat-turned-politician.


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