Rather then visiting Lucknow, PM should have visited Kashmir: Congress

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

New Delhi [India] Oct. 11 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Congress president Raj Babbar on Tuesday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his visit to Lucknow to attend Dussehra festivities, saying it would have been nice had he visited Kashmir to celebrate this festival. "Today, Kashmir is burning, and we would have liked if he (Prime Minister Modi) would have visited Kashmir again to celebrate Dussehra as he went their earlier to celebrate Diwali," Raj Babbar told ANI. He said that if the prime minister would have visited the Kashmir valley, it would have been an honour for army, which sacrifices their lives for the nation. Yesterday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav dubbed Prime Minister Modi's upcoming visit to the state capital to attend the Dussehra celebrations as politically motivated with an eye on the upcoming state assembly polls. "What can I say about anyone going anywhere? We have to follow a protocol we will do it. I guess if elections were happening in Bihar then the Ravana would have been burnt there," Akhilesh told a press conference in Lucknow. Echoing similar sentiments, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Sunday dubbed Prime Minister's Modi's visit to Lucknow a political stunt and said that the event should have been toned down taking into account the loss suffered by the families of soldiers killed in the Uri terror attack. "The pyre of jawans who lost their lives in the Uri attack has not yet died down, but the Prime Minister is coming to Lucknow to celebrate Dussehra for his political motives," she said. Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to visit Lucknow and attend Dussehra festivities at the historic Aishbagh Ramlila ground on October 11. (ANI)