Varanasi: In an indirect attack on Congress leader and Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, Union textiles minister on Wednesday said that those defending Pakistan and its prime minister Imran Khan on Pulwama terror attack are the ‘Jaichand of modern India’ and that the country would teach a lesson to such people. Jaichand is referred to as a traitor for having helped Muhammad Ghori against Prithviraj Chauhan.
“Those (read Sidhu) who term Pakistan PM as friend and claim Pakistan has no role in Pulwama attack are modern India’s Jaichand and would be taught a lesson by people. As an Indian, I think that every Pakistani who harbours any ill-will against India should be taught a proper lesson,” Irani told reporters at BJP office in Gulab Bagh.
Irani also slammed Pakistan PM for releasing a heavily-edited video with 23 cuts after the Union government allowed Indian Army to decide how to avenge the CRPF jawan’s killing in Pulwama.
“PM Modi gave a free hand to Army and the Army made it clear that all of those picking up the gun in Kashmir will be neutralised. After watching the video with 23 cuts, it becomes clear that it was extremely difficult for the PM of Pakistan to release the video,” she added. “Before seeking evidence in Pulwama attack, he (Pakistan PM) should make it clear what has his country done with the evidence India provided on 26/11 Mumbai terror attack,” she added.
Targeting Congress president Rahul Gandhi for his poor performance as Amethi MP, Irani said that he should learn from Prime Minister Narendra Modi how to serve one’s parliamentary constituency.
“In 2014 Lok Sabha polls, I had contested from a constituency which is represented by those who ruled the country for 55 years. However, they failed to provide anything to anyone. They should learn how to serve a parliamentary constituency from PM Narendra Modi,” she said.
Regarding contesting from Amethi, Irani said that it was for the party to decide.
Irani said that she interacted with the boatmen and middle class families to know their expectations from the next government under party’s month-long campaign ‘Bharat ke Mann ki Baat’ launched by BJP president Amit Shah.
She said that apart from 12 sub-committees formed by Shah, over 11 crore BJP members are going to people to know their expectations and collect suggestions.
Regarding cricketing ties with Pakistan, she said, “When the country unanimously wants justice for the families of martyrs, there is no relevance of maintaining sporting ties with Pakistan. However, the Union ministry will take a decision in this regard.”