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.”
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.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has arrived in Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh for a BJP function. Will look at Lol sabha preparation and meet senior leaders and party workers. Landed in Bilaspur 15 minutes ago @IndianExpress
— Dipankar Ghose (@dipankarghose31) February 27, 2019
A Hindustan Times correspondent also shared a photo of the event on Twitter, showing Rajnath Singh addressing party workers in Bilaspur.
— Ritesh Mishra (@bisani01) February 27, 2019
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.
Meanwhile, @rajnathsingh is campaigning & addressing a rally in Bilaspur, Chattisgarh .
Anyway, commentators, did turn being a 24*7 politician, sound like a virtue.
— Thakursahab (@65thakursahab) February 27, 2019
Something sickening about the Bjp’s 24/7 campaign rallies. Does Rajnath Singh have nothing to do as home Minister? https://t.co/JeJXr0B9d4
— Swati Chaturvedi (@bainjal) February 27, 2019
Unbelievable shamelessness by BJP. Home Minister should be in the situation room monitoring internal security, not attending political functions. https://t.co/Dvrrf1jouv
— Amit Mehra (@amitmehra) February 27, 2019
Because the world can go to hell in a handbasket, but nothing can distract from the important job of holding on to power. https://t.co/32XXSlWHlR
— Prem Panicker (@prempanicker) February 27, 2019
Home Minister is in BJP function
PM is in election rallies
BJP leaders are bombarding PR
4 AIF pilots dead
1 in Pak custody
MEA Secy doing press conferences
VK Singh is hiding his tail
Modi Govt is a disaster
— Dhiraj (@AAPlogical) February 27, 2019
PM Narendra Modi busy launching apps, Home Minister Rajnath Singh at some BJP function, news channels implying war, Pakistan claims it has an Indian pilot.
Who’s running the show? Anyone?
— ranjona banerji (@ranjona) February 27, 2019
What kind of shameless people are in BJP??
Soldiers are dying at the borders and home minister is busy in election campaigns? https://t.co/GTKwfV0rkv
— . (@SarcasticSaint) February 27, 2019
I saw 2 news today –
1. IAF #abhinandan captured by Pakistan.
2. Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh has arrived in Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh for a BJP function. Will look at Lol sabha election preparations and meet senior leaders and party workers. Landed in Bilaspur today.
— Vaibhav Walia (@vbwalia) February 27, 2019
Meanwhile, Rajnath Singh has arrived in Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh. The election campaign must continue. How else war will pay Narendra Modi and BJP/RSS.
— Tufail Ahmad (@tufailelif) February 27, 2019
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.