“The army is an apolitical institution and must be left apolitical,” said Jyotiraditya Scindia (File)
Opposition leaders on Monday charged Prime Minister Narendra Modi of making the extraordinary threat of a nuclear war to influence voters amid the ongoing national elections, after the Prime Minister warned Pakistan at a poll rally in Rajasthan that India’s “nuclear button” was not “for Diwali”. The nuclear button and the army “is not the property of one individual,” senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia told NDTV but for showing India was not afraid of its neighbour anymore.
“Every other day they announced, “We have nuclear button, we have nuclear button”. So what do we have then? Are those being saved for Diwali?” PM Modi had said in Rajasthan’s Barmer.
His party colleague and former Home Minister P Chidambaram echoed similar sentiments.
Why is the PM becoming shriller by the day?
PM’s threat to use the nuclear option is the most extraordinary statement of this election.
– P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) April 22, 2019
Seizing the opportunity to attack the BJP, former ally Mehbooba Mufti reacted to PM Modi’s comments as well with a jibe of…