Congress defends Rahul, takes battle to BJP door

RSTV Bureau
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi.  Photo - PTI

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi.
Photo – PTI

Hours after BJP chief Amit Shah strongly lashed out at Rahul Gandhi’s controversial remark where he accused the Centre and Prime Minister Modi of indulging in politics over the soldiers, another round of confrontation between the two political parties kick-started. Gandhi’s choice of words has fomented another row in the on-going bitter debate on surgical strikes.

Congress party chose former Law minister Kapil Sibal to hold the fort, who retorted at the BJP president after the latter had sharply criticised the principal opposition party for Rahul Gandhi’s “Khook ki Dalali” remark.

“Now will leaders who have spent time in jails and are murder-accused tell us that our foundations are faulty and are questioning Rahul Gandhi’s lineage?” Sibal said at a press conference in AICC headquarters.

“We did not know that BJP will stoop so low that its President will speak like this by terming as faulty those who got freedom for the country,” the senior Congress leader added, taking the confrontation between the two parties even further.

FILE: File photo of Kapil Sibal. Photo - RSTV

FILE: File photo of Kapil Sibal.
Photo – RSTV

Defending Rahul Gandhi’s controversial remark, which has thus far drawn flak from the ruling party, the Congress party stood its ground claiming that party vice president knew what he was saying and people of the country understand the sentiment behind his words.

“Rahul Gandhi knew what he said. His thought process was clear. You should understand the feeling of Rahul Gandhi when he made the statement, which the people of the country do,” told Sibal.

Reiterating that the issue of surgical strikes should not be politicised, the Congress leader also took on the ruling camp over functions organised to felicitate Defence minister Manohar Parrikar in poll-bond Uttar Pradesh. Earlier too, the opposition party had criticised BJP on the instances of some posters been put up in UP praising PM Modi and BJP leaders on last week’s military operation.

“Stop this ‘poster-baazi’. Stop doing politics on the Army’s successes,” Sibal said, adding “Let the Army do its job, why is the government playing politics over the Army”.

Defence Minister aur PM ke paas shahidon ke ghar Jane ka waqt nahi hai lekin wo Samman samaroh mein bayanbaji karte hain, (Neither Defence Minister nor Prime Minister have time for paying visit to the homes of martyrs, rather they are busy in felicitation ceremonies),” Congress spokesperson RS Surjewala added in the presser.

Comparing Pakistan to a patient who had cancer, and referring to the terrorists as cancer cells that need to be killed, Sibal said that one surgical strike that India undertook will not kill the cancer. “Will the cancer stop and is terrorism over,” he asked.

Besides, the Congress party also targeted the ruling party accusing it of reducing the disability pension of the soldiers.

“Is this how you are standing with them (forces), by not making OROP happen is that how you show your support?” Sibal sought to know as he criticised the Centre.