'पाकिस्तान का सम्मान करें...उनके पास परमाणु बम है': मणिशंकर अय्यर ने शुरू किया बड़ा विवाद, बीजेपी ने कांग्रेस पर साधा निशाना

'पाकिस्तान का सम्मान करें...उनके पास परमाणु बम है': मणिशंकर अय्यर ने शुरू किया बड़ा विवाद, बीजेपी ने कांग्रेस पर साधा निशाना

'Respect Pakistan...They Have Atom Bomb': Mani Shankar Aiyar Triggers Massive Row, BJP Lambasts Congress

Controversial remarks by Congress's Mani Shankar Aiyar advocating respect for Pakistan's nuclear arsenal ignite BJP criticism amid 2024 election tension.

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  • 10, May, 2024
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'Respect Pakistan...They Have Atom Bomb': Mani Shankar Aiyar Triggers Massive Row, BJP Lambasts Congress

"Veteran Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar has once again found himself at the center of controversy, stirring up a fresh row with his recent assertion that India should 'respect' Pakistan due to its possession of nuclear weapons. Aiyar's statement has ignited widespread outrage, with BJP members condemning Congress' purported affinity towards India's neighbor. Shehzad Poonawalla, a prominent figure within the BJP, criticized Aiyar and the Congress party, citing historical instances of what he perceives as Congress' sympathetic stance towards Pakistan. Poonawalla accused Aiyar of previously attempting to solicit Pakistan's help to oust Prime Minister Narendra Modi and alleged that many Congress leaders have exonerated Pakistan of involvement in various attacks against India, including the 26/11 Mumbai attacks and the Pulwama incident. Ravi Kishan, a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party, expressed dismay at Aiyar's remarks, suggesting that Aiyar should seek medical attention. Kishan emphasized India's current strength under Prime Minister Modi's leadership and criticized Aiyar's apparent advocacy for Pakistan's respect despite its economic and social challenges.

Union minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar seized upon Aiyar's comments to underscore what he perceives as the ideological orientation of the Congress party under Rahul Gandhi's leadership. Chandrasekhar criticized Congress for its alleged support from and towards Pakistan, including proposals to relinquish control of the Siachen Glacier. Other BJP figures, such as Uttar Pradesh deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya and Union minister Anurag Thakur, asserted that the Congress party is unnerved by the prospect of defeat in the upcoming 2024 Lok Sabha elections. They accused Congress leaders of harboring pro-Pakistan sentiments despite residing in India. A video featuring Mani Shankar Aiyar making the controversial remarks circulated widely on social media, prompting swift reactions from political adversaries. In the video, Aiyar argued for acknowledging Pakistan's nuclear capabilities and cautioned against antagonizing Pakistan, lest it resort to using nuclear weapons against India. Aiyar's comments coincided with recent statements from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, who warned of potential incursions into Pakistan to eliminate threats emanating from across the border. In response to the backlash, the Congress party distanced itself from Aiyar's remarks, with Congress media department chairperson Pawan Khera emphasizing that Aiyar does not speak on behalf of the party. Khera characterized the resurfacing of Aiyar's old comments as a ploy by the BJP to divert attention from perceived shortcomings of the Modi administration. Aiyar also issued a clarification, attributing the resurgence of his past statements to the BJP's electoral strategy. He dismissed the timing of the video's circulation as opportunistic and refused to engage with what he deemed as political gamesmanship. Amidst the political uproar, Aiyar invited interested individuals to consult his published works for context, suggesting that his views are expounded upon in his recent books. As the political discourse intensifies, the focus remains on the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and the implications of Aiyar's remarks on broader diplomatic and electoral dynamics."

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