At a time when war-like situation prevailed between India and Pakistan and heightened tension between two countries in the borders, Prime Minister is busy today in a record-breaking video chat with BJP workers. This has led to severe criticism from the opposition leaders.
PM Modi is interacting with over 1 crore BJP workers in what the party says is the “world’s largest videoconference”. As part of the ‘Mera Booth Sabse Mazboot’ programme, Modi is addressing party workers in 15,000 locations across the country on the party’s preparations for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
The BJP said party chief Amit Shah and other leaders are participating in the programme from its Delhi office. Opposition parties like the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party have slammed the BJP and the Prime Minister for going ahead with the event at a time when an IAF pilot has been captured by Pakistan after an air combat near the Line of Control, yesterday, marked the worst escalation of conflict between the two nuclear-powered neighbours in decades.
The Congress said Modi has “misplaced priorities” and that he was “desperate only for re-election”. The party’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala, in a tweet, alleged that the prime minister was “hell-bent on creating a video conference record” when the entire country was praying for return of its brave heart pilot.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal also took on the PM for engaging in political activities when an IAF personnel is captured. In a tweet, Kejriwal wrote: “I would urge the PM to postpone this [Mera Booth Sabse Mazboot programme]. At this moment, we as a nation, need to spend all our energies and time to get the IAF pilot back safely and to sternly deal with Pakistan.”