PATNA: Terming three years of the Narendra Modi government an “utter failure”, Congress general secretary and former Union minister C P Joshi on Wednesday said national security was at stake owing to flawed NDA foreign policy.
Joshi said unrest in Jammu and Kashmir, Maoist and terrorist attacks in the country have turned the situation from bad to worse in the last three years. He said it is for the first time in recent history that the US, Russia and China have sided with Pakistan and isolated India.
“BJP government’s failed ‘neighbourhood policy’ is proving to be a security threat for India. China has exponentially expanded strategic, economic and defence partnership with Nepal, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Russia signed a military cooperation agreement with Pakistan. Russia and Pakistan even conducted a joint military exercise in September, 2016,” Joshi said at a presser in Patna.
“Russia also extended support to China-Pakistan economic corridor and expressed intent to connect it with Eurasian Economic Union in December last year,” Joshi said.
Joshi was in Patna as a part of the ongoing nationwide campaign of the Congress to hit the Modi government for its alleged failure on various fronts over the last three years. He also claimed the situation in Jammu and Kashmir has deteriorated, especially after the formation of BJP-PDP government. “Altogether 203 jawans have been martyred, 92 civilians have been killed, 15,000 civilians and 4,000 security personnel got injured and 32 schools were burned by extremists in Jammu and Kashmir in the last three years. The duplicity of BJP has been exposed in Jammu and Kashmir as it joined hands with PDP and engaged in talks with Hurriyat, dealt with separatists like Masarat Alam and Asiya Andrabi, and gave compensation to Burhan Wani’s family,” he said.
Speaking on the issue of Maoist attacks, Joshi claimed 271 security personnel were martyred and 665 civilians were killed in 3,517 incidents of Naxalite violence across the country in the last three years.