Rahul shields himself after his remark sparks row

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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

Facing flak over his controversial remark on surgical strikes, Rahul Gandhi has resorted to a defensive posture. Saying he “unequivocally” supported the military action, the Congress vice president reiterated that he is against the use of army in political posters and propaganda by the ruling party BJP. His remarks have since created a major controversy.

“I fully support the surgical strikes and I have said so unequivocally, but I will not support using the Indian Army in political posters and propaganda all across the country,” the Congress vice president said in a series of tweets.

He had on Thursday criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi accusing him of indulging in politics over the soldiers and their sacrifice.

“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 had said.

His ‘dalali’ jibe has since drawn strong reaction from BJP which called it “a new low in Indian politics”.

Army-Indian

Meanwhile, Congress leader Digvijay Singh lashed out at the BJP leadership, alleging that they were touting the surgical strike on terror launchpads along the LoC as if they did it themselves instead of the army men.

“Modi Amit Shah Parrikar and BJP Leaders are going around as if they have done the Surgical Strike! Give our Army & our Braveheart the Credit,” Singh tweeted.

Rahul had made those remarks at Parliament Street in New Delhi after finishing his month-long ‘Deoria to Delhi Kisaan Yatra’ in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.

In a related development, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal too criticised Rahul Gandhi over his remarks and urged political parties to cast aside their differences and rally behind the Prime Minister.

“I strongly criticise Rahul Gandhi’s remarks wherein he said army’s sacrifices and bravery was ‘khoon ki dalali’… I condemn the use of such words,” Kejriwal said.

The Delhi Chief Minister was himself in the line of fire over his remarks on the surgical strikes earlier this week urging Centre to go public with the evidence on surgical strikes.

(With inputs from the PTI)