NEW DELHI: Congress today hit back at BJP asking whether the morale of jawans was not affected when 188 were killed in terror attacks in last 30 months and when Prime Minister Narendra Modi feasted with Nawaz Sharif.
BJP had earlier accused the opposition party of speaking the language of separatists and of playing politics over Army chief Bipin Rawat's remarks that affected the morale of jawans.
"Please tell if morale wasn't affected as 188 Jawans were martyred in 30 months in terror attacks but Modiji couldn't contain Pakistan," Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said in a series of tweets.
"Please tell if the morale of our jawans wasn't affected when Modiji feasted with PM Sharif in Pakistan as jawans sacrificed for India," he tweeted.
He also asked the Minister of State in PMO Jitendra Singh whether the morale of jawans was not affected when Modi invited "rogue ISI" to investigate the Pathankot terror attack.
"Please tell if the morale of Jawans wasn't affected as BJP- PDP government gave compensation to the kin of dreaded terrorists in J&K?
"Please tell if the morale of Jawans isn't affected as Madhya Pradesh BJP members are caught teaming with the ISI and running a racket to spy on Army," Surjewala tweeted.
Earlier, in reply to a query on the Army chief's remarks that "stern action" will be taken against those siding with terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir, Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said restraint should be adopted by security forces while dealing with people in the state.
"The issue of internal security of the country is a serious one and there can be no compromise on it. But as I had said during the last Parliament session, atrocities should not be inflicted on innocents. Action should be taken against those involved in wrongdoings but there is need to adopt restraint," Scindia said.
He said children were blinded and atrocities were committed against them during the agitation last year in the state.
"There is a need for restraint as no one wants to give shelter to bad people. There should be strict action against wrongs, but that should happen after proper investigation," he said.
Earlier, Jitendra Singh asked political parties not to politicise the Army chief's statements and appealed to them, including Congress, to not indulge in any kind of politicking at the cost of morale of security forces.