The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Wednesday evening confirmed that one MiG 21 pilot is in Pakistan custody following the between the air forces of the two countries across the Line of Control (LoC).
“India also strongly objected to Pakistan’s vulgar display of an injured personnel of the Indian Air Force in violation of all norms of International Humanitarian Law and the Geneva Convention. It was made clear that Pakistan would be well advised to ensure that no harm comes to the Indian defence personnel in its custody. India also expects his immediate and safe return,” the MEA said in a statement.
Wednesday afternoon, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) announced on its Twitter handle that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would address party workers and supporters in what they have described as “the biggest video conference in the world.”
“28 फरवरी को प्रधानमंत्री श्री @narendramodi जी करेंगे दुनिया की सबसे बड़ी वीडियो कांफ्रेंस। देशभर की 15,000 जगहों से पार्टी कार्यकर्ताओं, वॉलंटियर्स और समर्थकों के साथ करेंगे सीधा संवाद। आप भी अपने सुझाव और सवाल #MeraBoothSabseMazboot के साथ साझा कर सकते हैं।” the tweet read.
28 फरवरी को प्रधानमंत्री श्री @narendramodi जी करेंगे दुनिया की सबसे बड़ी वीडियो कांफ्रेंस।
देशभर की 15,000 जगहों से पार्टी कार्यकर्ताओं, वॉलंटियर्स और समर्थकों के साथ करेंगे सीधा संवाद।
— BJP (@BJP4India) February 27, 2019
Despite the MEA’s announcement of the missing pilot being in Pakistan custody, the BJP did not think of cancelling its plan but instead, went ahead with it.
This non-stop campaign mode of the BJP was ripped apart by Twitterati, who termed it as insensitive, disgusting, shameful, and even vulgar.
Let’s have a look at some of the tweets ripping apart PM Modi and BJP’s insensitivity towards national security:
In the middle of a war-like situation and escalating tension?!
— Rakesh Sharma (@rakeshfilm) February 27, 2019
Politics mat karo, desh me halat kharab hai.
Connect the dots. https://t.co/xenanFZRjb
— Gajendra Sharma (@Airavta) February 27, 2019
Absolutely no shame whatsoever. https://t.co/eciUCt7PUV
— Bodhisattva Sen Roy (@insenroy) February 27, 2019
I know there's an election looming. But, can't this wait till situation returns to normal and our IAF officer is back safe and all the families of our brave soldiers are no longer worried about the safety of their men and women on the borders? https://t.co/cQeOdrvBeU
— Maneesh Chhibber (@maneeshchhibber) February 27, 2019
Insensitive much ? https://t.co/Y4y6gV5JzW
— Rana Ayyub (@RanaAyyub) February 27, 2019
On the other hand, Congress President Rahul Gandhi postponed the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting and the ‘Jan Sankalp rally’, which was otherwise to be held today, due to the prevailing security condition.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala took to Twitter to inform about the same.
“Congress President, Sh. Rahul Gandhi has postponed the meeting of CWC & Public meeting, both scheduled at Ahemdabad, Gujarat tomorrow at 28th Feb, in view of the prevailing security condition,” he tweeted.
Congress President, Sh. Rahul Gandhi has postponed the meeting of CWC & Public meeting, both scheduled at Ahemdabad, Gujarat tomorrow at 28th Feb, in view of the prevailing security condition.
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) February 27, 2019