Oppn, Sena target Centre over secret Indo-Pak meet

Even senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha questioned Centre's strategy, asking it to explain reasons for holding such talks

New Delhi: NDA ally Shiv Sena and opposition parties yesterday sought to corner the Modi government inside and outside the Parliament over the secret NSA-level talks between India and Pakistan, with the Congress accusing the Centre of making a ‘fundamental departure’ from its position on Indo-Pak ties.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. File Pic

The government also faced flak from senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, a former External Affairs Minister, who questioned its strategy, saying it should explain to the country as to why they are resuming the dialogue when the ruling party has been maintaining that talks and terror cannot go on together.

Raising the issue at start of Rajya Sabha proceedings, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma demanded PM Modi clarification on India’s engagement with Pakistan and take Parliament and Opposition into confidence about the direction and roadmap that government has in mind.

Criticising the Bangkok talks, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said having dialogue with Pakistan was pointless as their main goal was to destroy India by sponsoring terrorism and added that no amount of talks would solve the strained ties between the two nations. He demanded why the talks were happening, saying that the nation was waiting for an answer as well.

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