Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his promises of shielding the country's borders, Congress president Sonia Gandhi today questioned how he would protect borders when he cannot protect fish in Indian waters from foreign fishermen.
"The BJP and the Trinamool have banned fishermen's trawlers, but neighbouring countries' fishermen are openly fishing in the Indian waters. Prime Minister Modi, who makes tall promises on the border security, is unable to save your fish. How will he protect our borders? The recent Pathankot incident is a living example of it," Gandhi said in an election rally here in South 24 Parganas district.
About the poor condition of fishermen in the coastal areas, steps taken by the Modi government is depriving fisherman of their employment, she said.
"There was time when hilsa was exported from here. Now hilsa is being imported. Our government had taken many steps to help the fishermen. The Modi government is interested in taking away the employment of fishermen," Gandhi alleged.