Kashmir attack emerges as key Indian polls issue

Parties across spectrum using Feb 14 case to score political points as veneer of unity fades

Indian soldiers on patrol during a curfew in the city of Jammu last Saturday. Opposition leaders have criticised the BJP government, accusing it of failing to prevent the attack in Pulwama and politicising it for its own benefit.
Indian soldiers on patrol during a curfew in the city of Jammu last Saturday. Opposition leaders have criticised the BJP government, accusing it of failing to prevent the attack in Pulwama and politicising it for its own benefit.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

The veneer of unity created among Indian political parties following the terror attack in Pulwama on Feb 14, the worst in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, did not last long.

On Thursday, the opposition Congress party launched a frontal assault on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing him of being busy with a documentary film shoot in the hours that immediately followed the attack.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 23, 2019, with the headline 'Kashmir attack emerges as key Indian polls issue'. Subscribe