AAP Slams Centre For Contradictions On Pak Boat Incident

18/02/2015 6:44 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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Senior Leader of India's Aam Aadmi Party Ashutosh (C) arrives for a meeting in New Delhi on February 10, 2015. India's Narendra Modi suffered his first major election setback since becoming prime minister last May, as anti-corruption campaigner Arvind Kejriwal won a landslide victory in Delhi state polls. AFP PHOTO / SAJJAD HUSSAIN (Photo credit should read SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images)

New Delhi: Slamming the Centre over the Pakistani boat incident, the Aam Aadmi Party today said it showed the way the government was functioning as 'one hand does not know what the other hand is doing".

The party also attacked the NDA government for using the incident as a "public relations" activity and diluting national security.

"This reflects the functioning of the government. A senior officer is saying something and the government is saying something else. This is like one hand does not know what the other is doing," senior party leader Ashutosh told reporters here.

Lashing out at the Centre for "diluting" national security due to contradictory statements, the party said the government used the incident to glorify itself.

"The incident was used as a PR (public relations) activity by the government," AAP spokesperson Deepak Bajpai added.

AAP's remarks came at the backdrop of a news report in which a DIG of the Indian Coast Guard has said it was the Coast Guard which blew up the Pakistani boat on the night of December 31, 2014 contradicting government's stand that its crew was responsible for the explosion.

Till now the Ministry of Defence, Defence Minister and the Coast Guard have maintained that it was the boat's crew that had set it on fire or were responsible for the explosion that destroyed the vessel 365 km off Porbandar after an hour-long chase by a Coast Guard ship on New Year's Eve.

The party also ridiculed Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the sale of his monogramed suit, which went under the hammer at Surat today, and his comments on the attack on churches.

"Narendra Modi and the BJP has mastered the art of marketing. The sale of the suit is nothing, but marketing itself.

"Modi's comments on attack on churches is an eye-wash. He (Modi) and his party has double standards on the issue. On one hand he keeps saying this, and on the other hand he is not able to stop the RSS, which promotes love jihad and ghar wapsi," party leader Dilip Pandey said.

He said that even the American President Barack Obama made an issue out of it.

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