Modi’s mega video-conference “ridiculous and betrayal of national sentiments”: Mayawati

Vastavam web: BSP chief Mayawati Thursday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his proposed address to BJP workers through a mega video-conference, terming it “ridiculous and betrayal of national sentiments” amid escalating tension between India and Pakistan. Under the BJP’s ‘Mera Booth Sabse Mazboot’ programme, Modi is slated to have direct dialogue with about a crore BJP workers, volunteers and others through the “world’s largest video conference” at noon on Thursday.

“At a time when India is facing hostility of war and country needs firm leadership, PM Narendra Modi instead of concentrating on the matters of national security trying to serve political interest by addressing his BJP workers is ridiculous besides betrayal of national sentiments (sic), Mayawati wrote on Twitter.

An IAF pilot was captured by Pakistan after an air combat Wednesday during which the two sides said they shot down each other’s warplanes that followed an unsuccessful attempt to target Indian military installations in retaliatory strikes that sparked fears of war. IAF sources identified the pilot as Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.