While the Opposition offered support to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on India’s new stance on Balochistan and the PoK, some Congress leaders were instead “seen offering support to Pakistan”, said Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu.
“As far as international issues are concerned India should speak with one voice. But unfortunately Congress party is not speaking in one voice. There is a statement from Salman Khurshid, there is a statement by Kapil Sibal, subsequently a statement given by Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala,” Naidu said.
According to PTI, the BJP launched a scathing attack on the Congress at a press conference when the party’s National Secretary Sidharth Nath Singh accused the Grand Old Party of being divided on issues of national interest.
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Pointing at how in 2009 at Sharm el-Sheikh the then Congress-led UPA Government issued a joint statement with Pakistan which spoke on threats in Balochistan, the BJP said: “It’s a sad commentary as to how Congress is divided on issues of national interest. This division of the party and its leaders had reflected in the joint statement at Sharm el-Sheikh.” In his statement on August 15, following PM Modi’s remarks on Balochistan, Congress’ Salman Khurshid had accused the PM of “ruining” India’s case on PoK. The Congress had distanced itself from his remarks.