Hyderabad: AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi launched an extremely acerbic attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh wondering if they were in a sated sleep after a hearty meal of biryani, possibly “bade (beef) ki biryani” when the Pulwama terror attack was unfolding.
In short but relentless attack, Owaisi mocked Modi and Singh for their claims that the National Technical Research Organization (NTRO) detected 300 ‘lit’ cell phones at a terror training camp at Balakot in Pakistan before IAF planes were ordered to drop 1000kg bombs on the building. “If you can, sitting in Delhi detect 300 cell phones in a remote part of another country, why could you not find out the 50kg RDX used by the terrorist who launched the Pulwama attack?” Owaisi asked.
He then answered his own question. “Possibly, they ate biryani, may be bade ki biryani and were blissfully asleep. The Pulwama attack happened right under Modi’s nose. There has got to be something that explains why Modi and Rajnath who claim to have identified presence of 300 cell phones in Balakot, could not find explosives used in Pulwama,” Owaisi said.
Owaisi was addressing an election campaign meeting in the Hyderabad Lok Sabha constituency late on Saturday where he is contesting from.
Owaisi said when the PM ordered IAF bombing of Balakot, he welcomed the decision. “I thought PM cares for India. But then, immediately after, Modi began to use the attack for political purposes. Meanwhile, BJP leaders including Union ministers began making claims about how many terrorists were killed. BJP president Amit Shah said 250 were killed. Home Minister Rajnath Singh said 300 were killed. The Agriculture Minister said 300 were killed and another said 400 were killed,” Owaisi said.
The AIMIM president then said: “They made a mockery of the entire issue and began acting like people buying a basketful of paans in a market and haggling over the prices like people do. Give it to me for 250, for 300 or for 400.”