PM Modi hides behind blood of jawans, says Rahul Gandhi, days after praising him

He also accused Modi of not giving justice to the people and dividing the country on religious lines.

Written by Manoj CG | New Delhi | Updated: October 7, 2016 3:00 pm
rahul gandhi, modi, pm modi, narendra modi, surgical strikes, uri attack, uri terror attack, rahul gandhi road show, latest news Rahul Gandhi back in Delhi after his Kisan Yatra in Uttar Pradesh. (Express Photo: Gajendra Yadav)

DAYS after he and Congress president Sonia Gandhi unequivocally backed the government on the surgical strikes in PoK, Rahul Gandhi Thursday launched a fierce attack against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing him of hiding behind the blood of soldiers and doing “dalali,” (cashing in) on their sacrifice.

WATCH | BJP Slams Rahul Gandhi For His ”Dalali” Remarks At PM Modi

While several Congress leaders, both former ministers and senior and middle-rung functionaries, had been taking potshots at the government asking it to furnish evidence to clear doubts regarding the surgical strikes, Gandhi made it clear that he has no reason to disbelieve the statement made by the Army.

But at a time when both the Congress and the BJP are accusing each other of politicising the strikes, he launched a broadside against the Prime Minister.

WATCH VIDEO: Rahul Gandhi Hits Out At PM Modi, Says He Is Doing ‘Dalali’ Of Their Sacrifices 

Jo hamare jawan hai, jinhone apna khoon diya hai Jammu Kashmir main…jinhone Hindustan ke liye surgical strike kiya hai, unke khoon ke peeche aap chupe hue ho. Unki aap dalali kar rahe ho. Yeh bilkul galat hai,” (Our soldiers who have shed their blood in Jammu and Kashmir, who have conducted the surgical strikes, you are hiding behind their blood. You are cashing in on their sacrifice, that’s wrong), he told a rally here concluding his month-long 3500-km kisan yatra in Uttar Pradesh where the Congress has been pushed to the fringes in the last three decades.

Gandhi also tried to draw a distinction between the Army and the Government. He said the Army has done its duty and asked the Prime Minister to follow suit.

Hindustan ki sena ne Hindustan ka kaam kiya hai. Aap apna kaam kijiye. Aap Hindustan ke kisaan ka madad kijiye, aap Hindustan ke sena ko Seventh Pay Commission main paisa badhake dijiye. Yeh aapka kaam hai. Yeh aapki zimmedari hai. Isko aap nibhayiye. Hindustan ne aapko iske liye elect kiya hai. Yeh sachai hai,” (The Indian Army has done its duty. Now you do your duty. Help the farmers, hike the salaries of soldiers under the seventh pay commission..that is your duty. That is your responsibility. India has elected you for that. That is the truth),” he said.

The BJP hit back. “It is most shameful. Such remarks reflect his mental bankruptcy. The army and the Prime Minister are getting praise from everywhere for the surgical strikes. Modi is being praised for his decision and he is unable to digest it. Rahul Gandhi is in frustration,” BJP National Secretary Shrikant Sharma told PTI.

Some senior Congress leaders were surprised by the sudden aggression and the choice of words. “His intention was to say that Army deserves the credit and kudos and you cannot ride on them..but I agree it did not come out quite that way,” a senior leader said on the condition of anonymity. He said the Congress should “brazen it out” if the BJP makes it a political issue as the message Gandhi wanted to convey is important.

Another senior leader, however, was apprehensive of the fallout. “The remarks could cost us,” he said.

Gandhi’s statement indicates a further departure from the Congress’s position on the strikes. The focus of Gandhi’s 11-minute speech was Prime Minister Modi. He neither uttered a word about the party’s chief ministerial candidate Sheila Dikshit, who was on the dais next to him, nor spoke about the Samajwadi Party or the BSP.

He accused Modi of not giving justice to the people and dividing the country on religious lines.

“I want to tell Narendra Modi, the RSS and BJP people that this country is demanding only one thing from the Prime Minister. You have asked us what the Congress has done in the last 60 years. We have given the people justice. This I understood during the yatra. We respected the scales of justice.”

“Narendra Modiji, when you give Rs 1.10 lakh crore to 15 people (he has been accusing the Government of waiving Rs 1.10 lakh crore debt of 15 industrialists) while India’s farmers are committing suicide and the youth remain jobless, then you are not respecting the scales of justice. You are throwing out the scales of justice. The country wants justice from you,” he said.

He said the Prime Minister had promised Rs 15 lakh to every Indian, assured farmers right price for their produce, guaranteed unemployed youth creation of 2 crore jobs every year, promised clean India and Make in India. “You did not implement all that. Yes, you certainly did two things. You made one Indian fight with another. You divided India,” he said.

“Wherever your people go, whether it is Haryana where you created Jat-non Jat fight or Gujarat where Patidars are saying they are being beaten up mercilessly or Assam where you stoked fire, in Uttar Pradesh you are making Hindus and Muslim fight with each other..This is what you have given the country. The country is suffering because of this and it is not progressing. The country only wants justice from you,” he said.

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    Anonymous
    Oct 7, 2016 at 4:54 pm
    How was Rahul qualified to be the VP of the congress party? By his lineage! Where are credentials for leading? The only ones I remember was telling off ministers in when PM Manmohan Singh was abroad as if he owned the government. On Election time he said I will the govt to decrease price of gas to XX and in 5 seconds a minister says that has been done . What kind of logic is this ? Government by decree from the hi Clan.
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      Sarvana
      Oct 7, 2016 at 3:06 am
      Rahul, if you want to be PM in the future, mind your words now.
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        IML sood
        Oct 7, 2016 at 1:42 am
        These anti national being so cowards,hide their names or have fake names write comments just to support Pappu who is a duffer and overgrown putting last nails in Cong. coffin.
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          IslamForFools
          Oct 6, 2016 at 10:53 pm
          Height of tolerance by Indian public to anti national forces like rahul hi himself
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            IslamForFools
            Oct 6, 2016 at 10:55 pm
            Teri ma ka bhosada rahul using martyred soldiers for political gain, please die
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              J Parmar
              Oct 6, 2016 at 10:52 pm
              RG is NOT pedigree. He may be Vice President of the Congress Party but he lacks all decorum. His comments on his particular subject is void of any sane reasoning. He is NO hi. He is always babbling away incoherently.
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                Kishan Misra
                Oct 7, 2016 at 1:14 am
                Rahul,s mother called Atalji -He has lost his mind. She lost the election. Her son is now calling PM Modi a Dalal which infact represents his attribute. Congress is bound to lose miserably in the forthcoming election. Rahul is trying to create a division between Government and the Armyand create a situation like stan. Just because you are an opposition candidate, you can utter whatever rubbish comes to your mind. This is not allowed in India. The w tribe is out of touch with Indian culture. This family does not belong to India. Learn to respect even your adversaries if you believe in Indian culture.
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                  George
                  Oct 7, 2016 at 2:49 am
                  The country and BJP should be overjo that Rahul hi s a congress leader whose greatest achievement will be the number of self goals he will score. Rahul has ensured his congress party will be totally decimated and will be like another regional party
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                    Preeti
                    Oct 6, 2016 at 10:24 pm
                    RG's frustration is understandable, the month long painful journey he too through UP has been brought to a naught by PMs actions. His concern is how to win votes and get back in power what does he care about India or our soldiers. Congress has looted and misled india for decades so anything he says has to be seen through the prism of someone who is nothing today!!
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                      Tony
                      Oct 7, 2016 at 2:51 am
                      Rahul hi : Shut your mouth and do not come in front of public anymore, I would rather you leave politics and figure out what you actually want to do in life. Let Congress die a peaceful death, do not make it a painful death for your party
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                        khodsal
                        Oct 7, 2016 at 1:41 am
                        Where Rahulji is hiding?
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                          Meenu Agarwal
                          Oct 7, 2016 at 4:04 am
                          Looks like Pappuji will always be neophyte . Successful politicians understand the value of subtlety of language. But this player in politics cannot even sense that his comments are counterproductive to his own career . It is idiosyncrasy of poor Mom who still wants to cherish her dream to see him at top.
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                            Vikrant
                            Oct 7, 2016 at 6:30 am
                            In Rahul his family dalal and dalali are noble words.his mother survived on dalas before marriage and on dalali after marriage. His father was a famous dalal of defence deals. Mis jija is another famous dalal. During upa rule when sonia and rahul ruled through their puppets no single action was taken without eating dalali. Dalalo ke khandan se hai rahul hi and congress mainsirf wahi to hai
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                              Vikrant
                              Oct 7, 2016 at 5:57 am
                              Looking at family background of Rahul, I am sure he must have used Dalali in a respectful manner. After all his mom had survived on Dalals. His father was a famous dalal of defence deals. His Jija is famous dalal of lands of farmers. And during UPA rule which worked under direct control of Sonia and Rahul there was not a single decision taken without dalali. A person who has all his live only been surrounded by dalal and survived on dalali, it surely must be a noble profession
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                                A. C.
                                Oct 7, 2016 at 3:18 am
                                Pappu and Kejriwal must be examined by a Psychiatrist
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                                  ak dev
                                  Oct 7, 2016 at 1:36 am
                                  There is some hidden force guiding brainless pappu to speak nonsense that only insults patriots. This guy doesn't have even 10% of Indian genes. Kick him along with his mother out to Italy, his real country. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;I can bet that these Congee traitors won't hesitate to wish India not to win decisively in case a full war with Pak just to ensure that Modi do not get any political credit. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;These traitors have crossed all limits of brazenly going against India's interest. I demand government to immediately withdraw security cover to those who have denigrated army solders and created obstacles in the path of India's development.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The time of showing patience to these bas tards is over now. Treat them as traitors, they are with enemy.
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                                    Alex
                                    Oct 6, 2016 at 10:35 pm
                                    Please dont stop Rahul hi speaking, Comedy should always survive in politics and he is the best comedian.. else only listening politics would be so boring. It is his comedy that will not only further ground but underground congress this time, in simple words RG himself is digging grave for himself and his party.
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                                      S. Kumar
                                      Oct 7, 2016 at 1:43 am
                                      Mr. Rahul hi neither is a leader nor has any leadership qualities. His recent outburst against Modi is an "extremely poor" judgment. His trip of UP did not produce much fan fare. He received :chappals" . The statement he made and media easily broadcast and published it, shows that saneness is becoming extinct among Congress Men and Women. He should re removed from any party post he holds. I am a NRI in USA and not affiliated and beholden to anyone. But Rahul hi "stinks" and should be removed from any party post. He should be a Chaprasi somewhere. It is shameful if rural mes of India thinks he can bring any progress to india? .
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                                        Anti-corruption
                                        Oct 7, 2016 at 4:20 am
                                        arre..koi to isko chup karao bhai...
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                                          Anti-corruption
                                          Oct 7, 2016 at 4:21 am
                                          yaar..dekho..kya wo abi tk dipper hi pehenta hai
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                                            AML
                                            Oct 6, 2016 at 10:37 pm
                                            If Rahul hi did not come from a pedigreed family, he would be considered a gaavdi (a simpleton) and a nobody. Since he does, even his stupid pronouncements are respectfully listened to by his party as if they were words of great wisdom. I detect a burning jealousy in this pedigreed but foolish prince who has been so successfully upstaged by a lowly chaiwala. He is helped in his bad behavior and bad manners by his doting mother and his gratuitous party who continue to falsely accuse Modi as the cause of the Gujarat riots in spite of no evidence found by the supreme court. He has been continuously engaged in denigrating the highly por and successful Prime Minister. Shame on Rahul.lt;br/gt;Then there is the even more foolish Kejriwal, the Delhi CM, who demands a video proof of the surgical attack on stan across, or along, the LOC. No military tactician, with the least amount of common sense, would be so foolish as to reveal his winning method to his enemy. To win, you best hold your cards very close to your chest. Mr. Kejriwal, keep quiet and watch how well you do your own job.
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