Amit Shah accuses Rahul Gandhi of supporting ‘anti-nationals’

JNU protests: Amit Shah slams Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi in blog post, demands an apology for hurting national interests.

By: PTI | Updated: February 15, 2016 5:41 pm
BJP national president Amit Shah , during a public meeting at Dumurjala , Howrah on January 25, 2016. (Express Photo by Partha Paul) BJP national president Amit Shah, during a political rally in West Bengal. (Express Photo by Partha Paul)

In a scathing attack on Rahul Gandhi over the JNU row, BJP chief Amit Shah on Monday said he had “proved” that national interest had no place in his mind and asked if the Congress vice president had joined hands with separatist forces and wanted another division of India.

Speaking on the raging controversy for the first time, Shah asked Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul a host of questions and demanded that he apologise or his stand on the JNU issue, saying support to anti-national forces in the name of the Left’s progressive ideology is not acceptable.

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Here is what Amit Shah said in his blog:

The BJP president’s tough stand indicates that the party is willing to slug it out with Congress and other opposition parties over an issue it believes will help reaffirm its nationalist credentials and put the opposition in a corner.

“An attempt was made to defame a leading university in the national capital by turning it into a centre which encourages terrorism and separatism. I want to ask Rahul Gandhi if it would be in national interest had the central government kept quiet?

“Are you not encouraging traitors by protesting in support of these anti-nationals?”, Shah wrote in a blog.

Noting that slogans like ‘Pakistan zindabad’, ‘go India go back’ and those in support of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, Kashmir’s independence and India’s destruction were raised in JNU, he wondered if the Congress leader had joined hands with separatists.

“Does he want another division of India by giving a free run to separatists in the name of freedom of expression? The kind of statements the Congress vice president and other leaders of his party have made in JNU have proved again that national interest has no place in their mind,” Shah said.

He said Congress was in despair and frustrated over the success of the Modi government and its leaders were unable to decide how they can play the role of a responsible opposition.

He claimed that Modi government has succeeded in “controlling anti-national sentiments” even in Kashmir but Congress was fuelling the “shameful incident” in
JNU despite being the main opposition party.

“I seek answers from Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi to my questions on behalf of 125 crore countrymen and also demand that Rahul Gandhi apologise to the country for his action,” he said.

Shah alleged that Rahul Gandhi “in his despair” was unable to distinguish between what is against national interest and what is in its favour and asserted that what
happened in JNU could never be said to be in the interest of country.

He wondered if this was the definition of patriotism for him and accused him of showing insensitivity to the country’s integrity by projecting “treason as student revolution” and action against this treason as suppression of the freedom of expression.

The Congress leader had visited the JNU campus on Saturday and hit out at the government over a student leader’s arrest, virtually drawing a parallel of its conduct with the regime of Hitler and accusing it suppressing students’ voice.

Hitting back, the BJP chief said the nearest independent India came to be identified with Hitler’s Germany was when Indira Gandhi imposed Emergency in 1975.

“Hitler-waad (Hitlerism) is in the DNA of Congress. BJP does not need to learn nationalism and democratic values from Congress. I want to asked Rahul Gandhi if 1975’s Emergency defines the democratic values of his party and does he not recognise Indira Gandhi’s mindset as that of Hitler?” he asked.

He noted that the accused students glorified Guru who was convicted in the case of Parliament attack in which six Delhi police personnel, two Parliament security personnel and a gardener had died.

“I will ask him if he will give a similar tribute to 10 soldiers, including Lance Naik Hanumanthappa, who sacrificed their lives in Siachen recently,” he said.

 

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    Abhinav Gour
    Feb 15, 2016 at 7:43 am
    Whoever Opposes the BJP And the RSS they Abuse them as Anti Nationals and We Indians know this Hypocricy of the BJP
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      Bharat
      Feb 20, 2016 at 6:02 am
      Dalit is a made up term by Congress who is Veda vyas ,Chandra Gupta Maurya ,valmiki,ambedkar , are they not thebso called dalits ? grow up kid the only people now discriminating the so called dalits is the Congress party ,no one in Bharat is interested in caste things ,but these khangress jihadis always try to pull the dalit string to fool you people andyou are become their guineas for vote bank experiments
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        Haradhan Mandal
        Feb 15, 2016 at 10:31 am
        If BJP is so Patriotic and Nationalistic - why did their CENTRAL GOVT in Delhi give David Hedley (Daood Geelani), the 26/11 terrorist, a LEGAL PARDON and AMNESTY - why he is made the Govt 'Approver' in the cases involving 26/11 terrorist attack. If Indira hi is Hitler by Ameet Modi, Why their MOST BELOVED leader Vajpayee Ji called her 'MAA DURGA' - after she defeated stan in 1971? It Is CONGRESS who has defeated stan TWICE, How many Times a BJP GOVT has defeated stan, How many times A CONGRESS LEADER and BJP minister have escorted TERRORIST?
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          Srividya Jayaraman
          Feb 15, 2016 at 11:36 am
          BJP lost in Bihar only due to opposition END and JFK coming together. Let them stand separately and let us also see whether they would be able defeat BJP. They know they cannot defat BJP.and that's why they came together. What is great when there parties coming together and defeating BJP
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            Srividya Jayaraman
            Feb 15, 2016 at 11:28 am
            The communal violence is created by Congress in order to get the back power.
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              Srividya Jayaraman
              Feb 15, 2016 at 11:31 am
              They will. There are many youth who are studying in Private universtied who wants development will support Modi. Only youth a who are followers of Left may not. Youth is divided remember that. There are many youth who wants development and employment. Just dont go by the media. There are millions of youth in India and know what is Congress is upto.
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                Madhu Reddy
                Feb 15, 2016 at 9:10 am
                Proud to be strong supporter of TEAM MODI Congress is Cancer to INDIA they are frusrated and worried about MODI pority and Development they have no chance therefore they are barking for every thing shame shame 60 years of looters we will support only TEAM MODI and LONG LIVE BJP ABVP and I request put all those COMMUNIST looters in JAIL asap Jai sree ram
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                  Mohan
                  Feb 15, 2016 at 8:05 am
                  was it not the same way Mr.George, all these years people criticizing left and congi's were also condemned as hindutvavadis and Hindu fundamentalists and now the latest tag as MODI Bhakts. Students unions such SUCI and others were pushing for left agenda in universities and those not accepting were booted out. Even staff appointments has to be as per their thoughts . Who ever plays around with people and students sentiments using religions, castes for VOTES are all poisonous ,pointing @ only few becomes supportive in nature. This is what is happening now.
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                    MyTake
                    Feb 15, 2016 at 9:55 am
                    They have lost Indian support base. A drowning man catches even a straw to survive!
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                      US NRI
                      Feb 15, 2016 at 1:15 pm
                      LeT on their website had callled ishrat a martyr. This was used by Congress as conspiracy to bring modi down. Causing him labeled as anti Muslim. It's payback time for modi.. Go down Congress. You have left this country a Third World country for your benefits
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                        Subodh
                        Feb 15, 2016 at 7:42 am
                        Amit shah is a bully and lier. He should be in jail. However judiciary seems to be full of RSS sympathizers who have no morals.
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                          Amal
                          Feb 15, 2016 at 10:39 am
                          Youth leadership is fine and acceptable ! But RG??? Are you serious?? Does he have any leadership qualities ?! Can he even deliver a speech and inspire ppl?
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                            Amal
                            Feb 15, 2016 at 10:46 am
                            and u want SG and RG family to continue the corruption??? UPA 2 had brought down India's stature to ground bottom... U want this to happen again???
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                              ankit
                              Feb 15, 2016 at 8:27 am
                              Why I see so many negative tweets on such an obvious statement. Looks like sickulars got ganged up on this post..
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                                Rajesh
                                Feb 15, 2016 at 10:47 am
                                Well said Mr.Shah, These secular jokers are frustrated now. If they have guts they should have compeion in doing something for country like Developement, Providing electricity and education etc. But the are kamchor and with bad characters. So trying to divert attention of public to non-issues. We all know what kind of intellectuals (not all) are there in JNU and the characters they have.
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                                  arc
                                  Feb 15, 2016 at 9:11 am
                                  This is worse than emergency. This is statecraft by intimidation. This is like Hitler's initial years as the fuhrer. Worse will follow no doubt. Gujarat 2002 will be repeated everywhere.
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                                    Barb Dewyre
                                    Feb 15, 2016 at 5:29 pm
                                    Amit Shah, where was your misplaced nationalism when Andrabi hoisted the stan flag in Srinagar? When Tagodia and Swami Adityanath made their inflammatory speeches? When SAD, your ally, were eulogising Rajhona and the ailants of Indira hi? When PDP, again your mates, were calling Afzal Guru a martyr? You and your party are going to drag this country into a darkness from where we will never recover, and all for your narrow political gains. In 2014 I saw you all as a ray of hope, but today I feel that Congress with all it's corruption, non-governance, inaction and sycophancy was a thousand times better than you and your saffron masters.
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                                      Bijan Mohanty
                                      Feb 15, 2016 at 1:27 pm
                                      Amit Shah, do not try to mislead the people of Bengal. They are cleverer than you. The W of India knows your b of patriotism.
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                                        bimal krishna
                                        Feb 15, 2016 at 8:40 am
                                        Amit Shah raised pertinent questions on Nationalism which needs to grope into deeper It should always be kept in mind that Nation comes first irrespective of political affiliations but in our country sulking political parties painting the right minded people as enemies out of bouts of hatred, intolerance towards democratically elected Govt.. Opposition and its like minded supporters though uprooted but they are still raising heads in non- acceptance of reality unsuccessfully.
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                                          Binay Mahanta
                                          Feb 15, 2016 at 8:04 am
                                          Mr Shah, You must not forget one thing: Bharatiya Jan Sangh (BJP's earlier avtaar) came into picture only after independence. The mentors of BJP i.e. RSS never really actively supported freedom struggle. So you BJP leaders are not fully qualified to call yourselves "nationalists". You guys are really pseudo-nationalists; you are only interested in power: social, political and also economical. The governments of other political parties can be accused of corruption for financial benefits. But you guys added a new dimension: Being corrupt in "freedom of thought". These is completely anti-thesis of "Satyameva Jayate".
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                                            Bolo Ram
                                            Feb 15, 2016 at 9:57 pm
                                            Only a or a loser will think like you.
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