“Kissing” Pakistani soil “soaked” in Indian blood will prove “costly”, Shiv Sena said today as it reminded Prime Minister Narendra Modi of how trying to get “too close” to that country led to decline in political graph of BJP veterans like Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L K Advani.
“What needs to be remembered is that there is an orthodox belief that in the past, no politician who has tried to get too close to Pakistan has been able to remain in politics for long.
“L K Advani once went to the tomb of (Muhammed Ali) Jinnah and praised him. After that his political graph started declining and today he has been sidelined,” the Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.
Shiv Sena, the BJP’s oldest ideological partner, also recalled former Prime Minister Vajpayee’s Lahore visit and his talks which Pakistan’s ex-dictator Pervez Musharraf in Agra to emphasise on how the two engagements did him little good.
“(A B) Vajpayee, in a bid to mend the strained relations between the two countries started the ‘Lahore bus’ service and also went out of his way to meet General (Pervez) Musharraf in Agra. After that never did a BJP government come to power under the leadership of Vajpayee,” it said.