As China again blocked a United Nation resolution to designate Jaish-e-Mohammed chief a global terrorist, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday hit out at Prime Minster Narendra Modi, saying he was weak and scared of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The Congress chief attacked the prime minister and said he had not spoken on China blocking the resolution in the United Nations Security Council.
The party accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of letting Masood off the hook again and also questioned Modi what was the use of "swinging" with Xi.
"Weak Modi is scared of Xi. Not a word comes out of his mouth when China acts against India. NoMo's China diplomacy: 1. Swing with Xi in Gujarat. 2. Hug Xi in Delhi. 3. Bow to Xi in China," Gandhi said on Twitter.
India's bid to designate the Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed's chief as a global terrorist suffered a setback with China on Wednesday putting a technical hold on a proposal to ban him following the Pulwama terror attack.
The proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UNSC was moved by France, the UK and the US on February 27, days after a suicide bomber of the JeM killed 44 CRPF soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama, leading to a flare-up in tensions between India and Pakistan.
"With China having blocked our bid to designate Masood Azhar a global terrorist, the question on every Indian's mind is, what was the use of all the swinging with Modi and President Xi," the Congress said on its official Twitter handle.
"A terrorist responsible for such bloody murders is let off the hook again by the BJP," it claimed.
Congress' chief spokeserson Randeep Surjewala said it was a sad day in the global fight against terrorism.
"China blocking Masood Azhar's designation as global terrorist reaffirms Chinese position of being an inseparable ally of terrorism's breeding ground-Pakistan," he tweeted Wednesday.
"Sadly, Modiji's foreign policy has been a series of diplomatic disasters," the party spokesperson said.
The Congress has also been attacking the BJP over Azhar's release in the Kandahar hijacking case.
Gandhi has asked Modi to tell the nation that it was a BJP-led government which released Azhar from an Indian jail in 1999.
Gandhi has also alleged that National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, a top intelligence official back then, had "escorted" Azhar to Kandahar where he was handed over to terrorists.
Azhar and two other terrorists, Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar and Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, were released from Indian prison in 1999 by the then BJP-led government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee in exchange for the passengers held hostage on board IC-814 flight hijacked to Kandahar in Afghanistan.
Gandhi's tweet must be headline news in Pakistan: BJP
The Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday hit back at Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, asking why he is in a celebratory mood whenever India is in pain, hours after he attacked the government over China blocking a United Nations resolution to designate Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist.
Earlier, Gandhi slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi, claiming he was weak and scared of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "Why is Rahul Gandhi in a celebratory mood when country stands failed by this attitude of China?"
"Your tweet would be shown in the office of Jaish-e- Mohammed with much merry...I ask with great pain today that what is the Congress's commitment today to fight against terror," he said addressing a press conference.
He said Gandhi's tweet must be headline news in Pakistan. "You feel very happy seeing your news in Pakistan," Prasad claimed.
He said that if Gandhi has such good relations with China, why doesn't India benefit because of it.
"As per your utterances, you enjoy a close relationship with China... when you went to Mansarovar, you said you are in touch with Chinese officials...so why could not you persuade China to take action Masood Azhar," he asked.
Prasad said foreign policy is a sensitive subject and it cannot be determined on Twitter.
"The Congress has ruled country for 55 years... so we expected that the party would have given you correct advice regarding foreign policy. Generally, there is one line among all political parties regarding foreign policy," Prasad added.