JAMMU - Narendra Modi, who is BJP’s candidate for PM post, Wednesday targeted Indian Defence Minister AK Antony and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal, calling them ‘agents of Pakistan and enemies of India’ and speaking its language.
“Three AKs have emerged as a unique strength for Pakistan. One is AK-47. The second is AK Antony, who informs Parliament that people wearing the dress of Pak army beheaded our soldiers while our Army says Pakistanis had done that,” he said.
Addressing a BJP meeting, he took a dig at Kejriwal, who resigned after 49 days as Chief Minister of Delhi, as the “Third AK who has just given birth to a new party”.
“The map on his party’s website has shown Kashmir in Pakistan. A senior member of his party is shouting himself hoarse demanding plebiscite in Kashmir. Pakistan is over the moon regarding these statements. These agents of Pakistan, enemies of India, you are speaking the language of Pakistan,” he said.
Hours after Narendra Modi launched a scathing attack on AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal, the AAP leader responded to Modi for the latter’s ‘AK49’ and ‘Pakistani agent’ jibe, saying that such comments do not suit a prime ministerial candidate.
Talking to reporters at Kardhana village in Varanasi, Kejriwal said: “He (Modi) should talk on issues and not get into bad mouthing. Such words do not suit a man who is a prime ministerial candidate.”
Seeking to allay fears about his communal credentials, Modi pledged harmony during the election rally in Jammu on Wednesday.
Modi said he would promote democracy and equality if he came to power at elections starting next month, during his first rally in the troubled region since polls were announced.
“We will follow humanity, democracy and Kashmiriness ... the path shown by Vajpayee,” Modi told a gathering of thousands in the town of Hiranagar close to the border with Pakistan.
Modi was referring to former premier Atal Bihari Vajpayee who signed a ceasefire agreement with Pakistan along their Line of Control in 2003.
Modi accused Pakistan of spreading “cross-border terrorism” in Indian-held Kashmir, but did not mention any retaliatory measures if he was elected, instead focusing on peace. “Equality and democracy is the answer to all the problems,” Modi said as he asked voters to “trust” him in a state that sends six MPs to the national parliament in New Delhi