Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressing his first rally in Punjab for the Lok Sabha polls, on Friday, criticised the Congress for its historic blunder that let Kartarpur Sahib, the final resting place of Sikhism’s founder Guru Nanak go to Pakistan during Partition.
The BJP leader called out on the opposition party over its leader Sam Pitroda’s remark on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
Pitroda had, day before, said “hua to hua” (it happened, so what?) when questioned by a reporter on the riots following the assassination of Indira Gandhi.
“At the time of Partition, barely a few kilometres away, our Kartarpur Sahib was snatched from us, he said. And because of the historic blunder by the Congress, Pakistan has got an opportunity to play with our sentiments,” said Modi.
“Punjab and other areas are in need of our rightful share of water which is flowing to Pakistan. For 70 years, our farmers have been deprived of the rightful share of water, and previous Congress governments did nothing about it. For 70 years, the Congress failed to stop the flow of water to Pakistan. They were aware that farmers of Punjab and Haryana needed the water,” said Modi in reference to the Indus Waters Treaty between the two countries.
“What is shameful is that when we came up with a solution for the Kartarpur Sahib corridor, Congress ‘darbaris’ (courtiers) started praising Pakistan. This Congress politics has promoted Pakistan and Pakistan-sponsored terror,” claimed the Prime Minister probably referring to the controversy over Punjab minister Navjot Sidhu’s praise for Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan over the setting up of a corridor which would allow Indian pilgrims to visit the shrine across the border.