India's Congress slams Modi for 'boastful' claim on 'surgical strikes'

INC Spokesperson Sharma says Modi 'hurting Indian interests with a cavalier attitude towards foreign policy'

News Desk April 20, 2018

The Indian National Congress on Friday lashed out at Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his 'cavalier' attitude towards foreign policy at the Commonwealth Summit in the United Kingdom, DNA India reported.

The political party added that the conduct of Modi was detrimental to the national interest of the Hindu-majority state, according to the Indian news website.

Senior Spokesperson for INC Anand Sharma told reporters that the premier made 'boastful' claims about alleged surgical strikes across the border which were 'embarrassing' as India continued to lose officers and soldiers to terrorism.

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"Prime Minister Modi's cavalier conduct of foreign policy at the Commonwealth Summit in London and the bilateral meeting with the British prime minister is hurting India's national interests," Sharma said in a statement.

"He needs a firm reminder that India engages with its strategic partner countries with maturity and gravitas and does not take sides or make an uninformed statement on issues of disputes between two strategic partner countries," he was quoted as saying by DNA India.

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The Congress leader also tore into the policy of the Bharatiya Janata Party towards Pakistan, terming it a 'disaster' and adding that it was unbecoming for the premier of the largest democracy in the world to speak in such bad taste.

"The BJP government's Pakistan policy is a disaster. It is both unfortunate and unbecoming of him to say that India's prime minister speaks to Pakistan in its own language," he said.

Earlier, in an interaction with the Indian diaspora in the UK, Modi talked about 'surgical strikes' and warned that the Hindu-majority country will respond to Pakistan 'in the language they understand'.

This article originally appeared on DNA India


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