Agencies, New Delhi
A day after Ministry of External Affairs said that India was ‘disappointed’ at Chinese conduct at UNSC vis-a-vis terrorist Masood Azhar, the BJP on Thursday said India and Indians are “hurt” as Beijing blocked the UNSC bid to declare JeM chief a global terrorist.
The ruling party and senior Union Ministers including Arun Jaitley, however, lashed out at Congress president Rahul Gandhi for taking pleasure when India’s interests vis-a-vis- fight against terror have been foiled.
“Who is the real sinner?” quizzed Finance Minister Mr Jaitley in reference to a tweet from Congress president Rahul Gandhi earlier in the day.
“Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru’s infamous letter to Chief Ministers dated August 2, 1955 states – “Informally, suggestions have been made by the United States that China should be taken into the United Nations but not in the Security Council, & that India should take her place in the Security Council. We cannot, of course, accept this as it means falling out with China and it would be very unfair for a great country like China not to be in the Security Council.”
“The original mistake, both on Kashmir and China, was committed by the same person,” said Mr Jaitley in a series of tweets lashing out at Pt Nehru -country’s first Prime Minister.
Mr Prasad said also wondered why despite being “so much close to Chinese establishment”, Mr Rahul Gandhi did not apply his influence on the Chinese government to support UNSC and India’s bid against JeM chief Masood Azhar.
China on Wednesday blocked UNSC bid to take actions against Masood Azhar for the fourth time.
BJP’s official Twitter handle earlier sought to remind Mr Gandhi that Beijing’s berth in the powerful UNSC was ‘gifted’ by Pt Jawaharlal Nehru.
“China would not be in the UNSC had your great grandfather not ‘gifted’ it to them at India’s cost. India is undoing all mistakes of your family. Be assured that India will win the fight against terror,” went a missive from BJP’s official Twitter handle shortly after Mr Gandhi’s criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“Why is Rahul Gandhi is at celebratory mood when country is at pain,” BJP leader and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters here referring to Mr Gandhi’s tweet wherein he attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the China policy.
“Mr Gandhi, do you understand with your statement today you are seen in close proximity with Masood Azhar,” Mr Prasad said, adding “your tweet today will be read with so much of pleasure in the office of Jaish-e-Mohammad”.
He said the UNSC inability to push the case against Azhar at UNSC should not be taken as a ‘failure’.
“I don’t see it as a part of a failure…..While making attempts for closer cooperation, India reserves the right to take a firm stand,” Mr Prasad said adding “for the first time, three major powers of the world France, the US and the UK are initiators of the move and all the other members of the UNSC except China were co-sponsors. That was a great victory”.
The BJP leader lamented that after Pulwama, Mr Gandhi stood with the government only for two days and then started raising questions on aerial strike and other matters.
“You could have used your proximity to persuade China….,” the Union Minister said.
“We would have been glad had Rahul Gandhi used his influence on China and extend support in India’s fight against terror,” said Mr Prasad trying to also remind Congress chief that foreign policy is a serious and sensitive subject and it is not determined by ‘tweeting’.