NEW DELHI: The Congress today hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the death of four BSF personnel in cross-border firing by Pakistan and labelled it "weak and cowardly" for failing to protect the country's borders in the last four years.
Congress leader Pramod Tiwari also accused the prime minister of insulting the martyrdom of the four BSF personnel by releasing his "fitness video" on the day of the incident.
"Four of our jawans died today and we salute their supreme sacrifice.
But I hold the weak policy of the Modi government responsible for this.
I fail to understand why Prime Minister Narendra Modi has turned weak before Pakistan? "Modiji is a master in making statements but does nothing in action.
Prior to 2014, they used to talk of taking 10 heads for one and of their 56-inch chest, but in the last four years the Modi government has turned weak and cowardly in protecting the country's borders," Tiwari told reporters at the AICC headquarters.
Congress communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala added that the death of four BSF jawans was a result of the "failed Pak policy" of Modi government.
"Crossing all limits of cowardice, Pakistan indulged in cross-border firing in the middle of night in which four of our jawans were killed and three others injured.
But our country's leadership is adopting an uncertain Pak policy.
Till when will this continue?" Surjewala said on Twitter.
Tiwari also hailed the victory of Congress candidate in Jayanagar assembly bypoll in Karnataka, saying the public had endorsed the Congress-JD(S) coalition in the state.
He attacked the Modi government over the rising prices of commodities and inflation in the country.
Four BSF personnel, including an assistant commandant rank officer, were killed and three injured in firing by Pakistan Rangers along the International Border in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir, a senior BSF officer said today.
The prime minister today posted a fitness video on Twitter, showing him meditating, walking on a track inspired by five elements of nature, and doing yoga exercises.
He passed on the fitness challenge to Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, table tennis player Manika Batra and IPS officers, especially those above 40 years of age.
The prime minister's one-and-a-half minute video came about a month after he accepted the fitness challenge thrown by Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli.
While posting the video this morning, Modi said, "Apart from Yoga, I walk on a track inspired by the Panchtatvas or 5 elements of nature - Prithvi, Jal, Agni, Vayu, Aakash.
This is extremely refreshing and rejuvenating.
I also practice breathing exercises.