This Article is From Feb 28, 2019

"Betrayal Of National Sentiments": Opposition United On PM's Video-Con

The Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party have criticised the BJP and PM Modi for going ahead with Mera Booth, Sabse Mazboot amid heightened tension between India and Pakistan.

Mera Booth Sabse Mazboot: PM Modi will interact with BJP booth workers in a video conference.

New Delhi:

An Indian Air Force pilot in Pakistan's custody for the second straight day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party, the BJP, were roasted by the opposition for their continued focus on the coming national elections that are due by May. The Prime Minister had a video interaction with party workers today that was billed by the BJP as the biggest ever. The opposition parties, which have postponed their election-related programmes following the escalation in hostilities with Pakistan, said the BJP was using the sacrifice of soldiers for its political interests.

The BJP has been trolled online since yesterday after it tweeted about the Prime Minister's programme hours after Pakistan captured the IAF pilot following an engagement. 

But the opposition pitch rose after senior BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa said India's air strike on the Jaish-e Mohammad terror camp in Pakistan on Tuesday has created a wave in favour of PM Modi and will help the party win over 22 of Karnataka's 28 seats in coming elections.

Mr Yeddyurappa said he was quoted out of context, but the Congress -- which had postponed its working committee meeting scheduled for today -- accused the BJP of "counting seats" when the nation is anxious to secure the release of the captured pilot.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who has postponed his hungerstrike to push his statehood demand, tweeted:

Mayawati, who has lately cultivated a distance from the united opposition, also was vocal.

"At a time when India is facing hostility of war and country needs firm leadership, PM Nrendra Modi instead of concentrating on the matters of national security trying to serve political interest by addressing his BJP workers is ridiculous besides betrayal of national sentiments," her tweet read.

Her ally Akhilesh Yadav,  tweeted:

The BJP campaign managers told NDTV that the party was trying to keep normalcy in its programmes as changing the programme of the Prime Minister and other senior leaders of the party at this point would help terrorists' designs to disrupt the democratic process.

Yesterday, 21 opposition parties had accused the ruling party of "blatant politicisation of the sacrifices of the armed forces". "National security must transcend narrow political considerations," they had said in a sharply-worded joint statement after a meeting.