Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing widespread condemnation after he allegedly revealed during an interview with Arnab Goswami of Republic TV that he did not want Wing Commander Abhinandan back from Pakistan’s captivity.
Speaking to Goswami on Friday, Modi blamed the opposition parties for demanding the Indian Air Force officer back from Pakistan. He said, “Some people, who depend on scrums thrown at them by these political parties, see a statesmanship in the speech delievered by Pakistani Prime Minister, but they want to doubt the statement made by their own prime minister. People of this country have to identify these people.”
On Abhinandan, Modi said, “You may remember that when the Abhinandan incident took place, every single political party should have spoken in one voice that ‘we all are proud of our armed forces because we’ve brought down one F-16.’ Instead, they started demanding ‘when will Abhinandan return?’ They quickly moved on this path.”
Perhaps Modi did not realise that he inadvertently admitted that he was keen to keep the issues of Pulwama and the subsequent air strikes alive because of electoral gains in this year’s Lok Sabha polls. MNS chief Raj Thackeray had called the 45 CRPF martyrs ‘political victims’ adding that the truth behind the Pulwama terror attack will come out if NSA Ajit Doval was investigated.