All India Congress Committee (AICC) Vice President, Rahul Gandhi today hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not keeping election promises and maintaining silence over Pakistan firing on borders.
Rahul was speaking to reporters here soon before leaving for Poonch to meet the border residents affected by recent firing and shelling on LoC.
Reacting sharply to the BJP's criticism over his visit to border areas, he said that if highlighting problems and issues of people in BJP government is a sin, he dares to commit it.
"If BJP thinks highlighting the sufferings of borders residents is a sin then I dare to commit this sin," Rahul said, while addressing media men here at Sainik Farm House, without naming Union Minister of State, Dr Jitendra Singh who had questioned the 'motive' behind Congress leader's visit to border areas of Jammu and Kashmir.
Singh had said that Congress needed to own responsibility for the grievances of the people of the region as UPA was in power for the last 10 years.
Rahul also slammed Prime Minister for maintaining 'silence' over the prevailing situation on the border in Jammu and Kashmir.
"During elections, you promised to do this and that to Pakistan, but after assuming chair of Prime Minister, you forget the plight of border residents and the issues of army personnel, who are sitting on hunger strike in New Delhi," Rahul said.
"I want to know why Prime Minister is silent over 'One Rank, One Pension' policy which was the main election plank of the BJP when UPA-II was ruling in the center? Why you are silent over continuous firing and shelling in Jammu and Kashmir? Why you are silent on bringing bullet train to the country? Why you are not speaking even a word on allegations against Sushma Swaraj and Vasundra Raje? Public wants to know this Mr Modi and you should speak up," Rahul blurted.
The Congress Vice-President also questioned BJP's claims of removing corruption and fixing the economy of the country which, according to him, was at its lowest ebb.
On resentment in Jammu and Kashmir against the BJP leadership, Rahul said, "BJP is the party of only one gentleman. In the entire NDA government, only one gentleman is allowed to speak; only one gentleman is allowed to make a promise and only one gentleman is allowed to break that promise."