The Congress on Thursday targeted the BJP-led government at the Centre over abduction of 40 Indians in strife-torn Iraq, asking it why they were not evacuated in time and sought to know its strategy ensuring their safe release
“Everybody knew the situation is getting out of control. Then why did the government not evacuate Indians from there? The Congress is concerned that the Indians were not evacuated in time,” party spokesperson Raj Babbar said.
He said the Narendra Modi government was still in election mode, coining new slogans like B2B (Bharat to Bhutan relations) and reiterating the old. “The government should come out and clearly explain the strategy it is adopting for the safe return of those kidnapped as well the nearly 18,000 other Indians there.”
Babbar said the government should attach “high importance” to the plight of Indians in Iraq. Deputy Leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha Capt. Amarinder Singh too expressed concern over the abduction of Indians and demanded the government urgently intervene to ensure the safety of Indians, besides return of all those stranded there, including those abducted by the insurgents.
The Congress also slammed Narendra Modi-government over the continuation of Nihalchand Meghwal, who has been summoned by a local court in Rajasthan in an alleged sexual assault case lodged in 2011, in the Union Council of Ministers.
“The Minister concerned went and told the PM his side of the story. The PM believed him. But the victim is pleading for time to meet the PM to tell her side o the story. But he (Modi) has not found time to meet the woman,” he said.
Workers of Mahila Congress staged a protest outside the BJP headquarters, demanding immediate resignation from Meghwal. “His continuation in office shows the BJP’s dual face. When there are rape cases in UP, they demand President’s rule, but when crimes happen in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, they keep quiet,” Mahila Congress president Shobha Oza said.
Former Apple executive and Dwarka MLA Adarsh Shastri has also been included in the spokespersons’ list.