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Rajnath Singh Continues With BJP Poll Meet Even As IAF Pilot Goes Missing In Action

Social media users have criticised Singh over his misplaced priorities considering the tense situation at the border.

 Home Minister Rajnath Singh shunted off to attend a Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) election event in Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh amid the military escalation between India and Pakistan. In a skirmish with the Pakistan Air Force, an Indian Air Force fighter jet was lost and a pilot has gone missing in action.

Singh’s travel to Bilaspur coincided with reports of Pakistan claiming that it has captured two IAF pilots, although the Indian authorities have not confirmed this yet.

Pakistan on February 27 used violated the Indian airspace in response to Indian air strikes in Balakot a day earlier. While the IAF shot down a Pakistani F-16 jet, as per the External Affairs Ministry, “In this engagement, we have unfortunately lost one MiG 21. The pilot is missing in action. Pakistan has claimed that he is in their custody. We are ascertaining the fact.”

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As per an Indian Express correspondent Dipankar Ghose, “Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has arrived in Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh for a BJP function. Will look at Lok Sabha preparation and meet senior leaders and party workers.”  Per his tweets, Singh landed at Bilaspur at approximately 2.15 pm.

A Hindustan Times correspondent also shared a photo of the event on Twitter, showing Rajnath Singh addressing party workers in Bilaspur.

Singh attending party meetings and preparing for the upcoming polls even as there is little clarity over the situation of the IAF pilot and amid the military escalation with Pakistan has drawn severe criticism.

Singh’s meeting also stands in sharp contrast with how the Congress party reacted to the ongoing military situation. The party, on Wednesday, postponed its working committee meeting slated in Ahmedabad on Thursday in view of the security situation prevailing on the border. “In view of the prevailing security situation, the Congress leadership has decided to postpone its meeting of the working committee slated to be held in Ahmedabad on Thursday,” Congress’ Chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.

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