Shah slams hard on Rahul’s remark; Attacks Congress

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: BJP President Amit Shah addressing a press conference. Photo - PTI

New Delhi: BJP President Amit Shah addressing a press conference.
Photo – PTI

BJP President Amit Shah took on Rahul Gandhi for his controversial remark on surgical strikes, even as he flayed Congress party of showing disrespect to the soldiers. On Thursday, Gandhi accused Prime Minister and the ruling party of indulging in politics over soldiers and their sacrifice. But his choice of words has now become a centre of major row.

“Rahul Gandhi crossed all limits by his ‘khoon ki dalali’ remarks, his words insult the bravery of army,” Shah said addressing the presser at BJP headquarters.

Shah also criticised the principal opposition party, some of whose leaders had asked the government to go public with the evidence on the surgical strike.

“Gandhi’s remarks depict the Congress party’s mindset. There is a flaw in the thought process of the Congress leadership. I strongly criticise his remarks. The word dalali should be restricted to Congress party only,” he said.

“I criticise attempts to undermine army’s role in surgical strikes,” the BJP chief said, adding that the ruling party “will go to public to boost the confidence of forces”.

Jumping in the on-going bitter debate over last weeks’ surgical strikes by Indian army, Rahul Gandhi stoked a major controversy on Thursday with his remarks aimed at accusing the BJP and PM Modi of politicising military operation.

Jo hamare jawan hain jinhone apna khoon diya hai, Jammu and Kashmir mein khoon diya hai, jinhone Hindustan ke liye surgical strike kiye hain, unke khoon ke peeche aap chhupe hain. Unki aap dalali kar rahe ho. Yeh bilkul galat hai. {You (Modi) are hiding behind the blood of soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir and those who carried out the surgical strikes for India. You are exploiting their sacrifices, which is very wrong},” Rahul Gandhi said addressing a gathering of congress party workers at New Delhi marking the culmination of his month-long Kisaan Yatra in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi during his month long Kisaan Yatra in Uttar Pradesh, October 6, 2016. Photo - PTI

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi during his month long Kisaan Yatra in Uttar Pradesh, October 6, 2016.
Photo – PTI

Last week, the special team of Indian Army had conducted what were termed as “surgical strikes” across the Line of Control (LoC), which had successfully inflicted severe damage to the terror camps and their launch pads.

Though, parties across the political spectrum threw their weight behind the government soon after the surgical strikes, things changed just a few days later.

Earlier this week Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, followed by some Congress leaders urged the Centre to go public with the evidence on surgical strikes “to call Pakistan’s bluff”. The issue has, however, snowballed into a political controversy since then with Congress targeting the BJP over some posters praising the ruling party on surgical strikes.

Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi firmly cautioned his Cabinet colleagues against creating hysteria over the military action against terror launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC).

During the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, he is understood to have told his ministerial colleagues that only authorised people should speak on the issue of surgical strikes and one should avoid speaking out-of-turn, sources said.