Pulwama: Indian soldiers examine the debris after an explosion in Lethpora in south Kashmir's Pulwama district February 14, 2019. Image Courtesy: Reuters
New Delhi: The Pulwama terror attack was at the centre of a war of words between the Opposition and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi asking who benefitted from the strike, the CPI(M) asking for accountability and the inquiry report, if any, and BJP accusing the Congress leader of being a "known sympathiser" of terror groups LeT and JeM.
On February 14 last year, ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, over 40 CRPF personnel were killed in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir in a terror attack on ca convoy moving on the national highway.
In a blistering attack on the government, Gandhi paid homage to the CRPF martyrs and also asked the government what the outcome of the inquiry into the attack was.
"Today as we remember our 40 CRPF martyrs in the #PulwamaAttack , let us ask:
1. Who benefitted the most from the attack? 2. What is the outcome of the inquiry into the attack? 3. Who in the BJP Govt has yet been held accountable for the security lapses that allowed the attack?" he asked on Twitter.
The ruling party's response came almost immediately after Gandhi's tweet.
"Shame on you," said BJP spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao.
"When nation is paying homage to martyrs of dastardly Pulwama attack, @RahulGandhi, a known sympathizer of LeT & Jaish-e-Mohammad, chooses to target not just the government but security forces as well. Rahul will never question real culprit, Pakistan...," Rao said on Twitter.
Paying his "heartfelt homage" to the martyrs of the "ghastly terror attack", CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury wanted to know what had been done for the survivors and the families of those who had laid their lives down for the nation.
"Modi and the BJP directly asked for votes in the name of the martyrs of Pulwama," he said.
"Where is the Inquiry report one year on after the terror attack? Who has been held accountable for the loss of so many lives and the massive intelligence failure? #Pulwama," Yechury asked on Twitter.
CPI(M) leader Mohammed Salim demanded justice and asked how 80 kg of RDX crossed the international border.
"We don't need a memorial to remind us of our incompetence. The only thing we need to know is how 80 kg of RDX got past the international borders to the 'most militarised zone on earth' & exploded in Pulwama. Justice for Pulwama Attack needs to be done," Salim said on Twitter.