Rahul Gandhi’s ‘dalali’ remark against PM Modi heats up war of words

Rahul Gandhi's comments invited strong reactions from political parties who slammed him for using a word like 'dalali'.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 7, 2016 2:43 pm
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Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s ‘dalali’ comment against Prime Minister Narendra Modi has raised a political slugfest with all parties coming on the ground to condemn or support his claims. Addressing the final rally of his month-long Mahayatra, the Congress vice-president on Thursday said that PM Modi was pandering the blood of soldiers and hiding behind them. “Humare jawan hain jinho ne khoon diya hai,jinho ne surgical strike kiya, unke khoon ke peeche aap(PM) chhupe huye ho. Unki(jawans) aap(PM) dalali kar rahe ho. (Our jawans who sacrificed their lives, who did surgical strikes, you are hiding behind them. Pandering their blood),” he said.

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

His comments invited strong reactions from political parties who slammed him for using a word like ‘dalali’. Interestingly, the comments come only a few days after the Congress said it supported the surgical strikes and was united with the BJP on this front. Gandhi clarified his comments on Twitter on Friday, saying that he supported the strikes but was not in favour of using them as political propaganda.

In a tweet on Friday, he said, “I fully support 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.”

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

The BJP

Addressing a press conference in the capital on Saturday, BJP President Amit Shah on Friday slammed Rahul Gandhi, condemning the politics over surgical strikes, saying the Congress vice-president crossed all the limits. “Some parties tried to question the surgical strikes, some even raised doubts. I condemn all those who have insulted our Indian Armed Forces.”

Lashing out at the Congress vice-president for his ‘dalali’ remark for PM Modi, Shah said, “Is dalali a word to refer Indian army and their efforts to save the country?” Shah also hit out at the Congress party for associating itself with the disappointment of Pakistan not the happiness of India.

The condemnation had also come from the party earlier on Friday, with the party terming Rahul Gandhi as an ‘immature leader’. The BJP said Rahul Gandhi made a joke out of the slain soldiers of Indian Army by saying that the surgical strike was nothing but ‘Khoon ki holi.’

“I am really astonished by the kind of language Rahul Gandhi has used for the Indian Government and the Indian Prime Minister. By saying that the surgical strike and the aftermath was nothing but ‘khoon ki holi’, he had in fact made the joke out of the martyred brave soldiers and Indian Army,” said BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra. Patra further said that Gandhi is an immature leader and his immaturity provided a handle to Pakistan today to accuse India.

Aam Aadmi Party

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday criticised Rahul Gandhi and urged political parties to cast aside their differences and rally behind the Prime Minister. Kejriwal, who was himself in the line of fire over his remarks on the surgical strikes, said the armed forces are to be credited for valiantly carrying out the operation and demolishing terror launch pads across the LoC and that there should not be any politics over this issue.

“Our soldiers valiantly carried out surgical strikes and demolished terror addresses. I have previously done so and want to congratulate the army once again for this. 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. I have told in the House as well as in a video message that right now there is tension at the border. The entire country should stand behind the army keeping aside political differences and support the Prime Minister’s steps pertaining to security. There should not be any politics over this issue,” Kejriwal said.

Bahujan Samaj Party

Mayawati on Friday also spoke out on the controversy. However, her comment was directed only at the use of the army in political propaganda and not at Rahul Gandhi. “Only Army should be felicitated for surgical strikes, not leaders or ministers,” she said.

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    Chander Pal
    Oct 7, 2016 at 1:00 pm
    These filmy dialogues for national affairs is the old habit of Congi party. Basically R G can not digest that Congi is not in power. How come there are more airports, buildings or central schemes are not named after the dynasty. My sympathies. But please grow up
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      Mohanmurli Talak
      Oct 7, 2016 at 12:44 pm
      'Commission agency' that has been a familiar thing for Congress, since inception of the party, carried up to Rahul. Condemning him can't be understood by such a legacy. lt;br/gt;We are a lot new generation, seeking a better change.Neglecting him is a remedy. It is not any comedy.
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        Paul
        Oct 7, 2016 at 11:32 am
        Rahul is a leader par excellence. He is bent upon driving the last nail in Congress coffin.lt;br/gt;Jawahar lal,and Indira hi are watching from heaven the deeds of the their stupid off spring.
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          MyTake
          Oct 7, 2016 at 8:49 am
          60 years after independence people still giving audience to these stupids! When will people grow up?
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            Ojima
            Oct 7, 2016 at 9:10 am
            this w hi clan has been surviving on dalali no wonder kids are born saying dalali instead of MAlt;br/gt;he is a joke, sonia should have aborted him. it would have save a lot of embarrment to them and country
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              C.anand
              Oct 7, 2016 at 12:39 pm
              It is a sad situation ! On one side half child half man Rahul roaring n bursting on bjp " khoon khoon help !" and then"kboon ki dalali kaun karta hai ?" main batata hoon .modi jhoot bolta hai! Use dalali aati hi nahin ! Dalali hoti hai paison ki property ki ! I know dalali I ha e personal experiance ! Aage tum socho! Jai cong- main chala hongkong!
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                C.anand
                Oct 7, 2016 at 12:14 pm
                Rahul - main poochhta hoon yeh khoon ki dalali kaun karta hai? Paise ki rupees ki dalali samajh aati hai aur anubhav bhi hai ! modi jhoot bolta hai use dalali aati hi nahin! Because of compulsion n in opposition i have to say something"
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                  Srinivasa
                  Oct 7, 2016 at 9:08 am
                  Pappu became oxygen for stan Shame!
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                    New
                    Oct 7, 2016 at 11:00 am
                    Arre Bhai inhone to kashmir ki dalali ki thi isi liye ye permenant rona hai 1947 se ab tak
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                      Aschutosch Somwanshey
                      Oct 7, 2016 at 11:04 am
                      He grew up with this word. So is his naivety.
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                        Barb Dewyre
                        Oct 7, 2016 at 11:46 am
                        Rahul seems to excel in giving Arnab Goswami material for the next one week......
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                          Biltu
                          Oct 7, 2016 at 11:17 am
                          DALALI IS GOVT ALLOWING ARMY OFFICERS TO USE BRAVE JAWANS AS DOMESTIC SERVANTS .lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt; DALALI IS ALSO ABOUT FAMILIES OF DEAD JAWANS LIVING IN POVERTY WITH LITTLE COMENSATION WHICH IS GIVEN AFTER A VERY VERY LONG TIME.
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                            cf
                            Oct 7, 2016 at 4:31 pm
                            It is the time one should come out and think the grate cause instead of making wrong value. It was well propagated that on several places on world TV are showing the pictures of freedom struggler and freedom life sacrifice movements, and currents various attack on forces. All this is the degrading came here in this regime, More over the s security advise is contecting the other counter part and asking for meeting some where, which is still degrading which was made by him, There fore gaining vote to deceive is different and performance for janta is main, So he was right to expose, do not divert the topic and relate to let down of forces.
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                              Narayana Rao C K
                              Oct 7, 2016 at 10:22 am
                              Rahuls statement “I fully support surgical strikes and I have said so unequivocally. But I will not support using the Indian Army in political posters and propaa all across the country.” matches with the Navab Sharif's statement. "We do not want war with India but no peace without Kashmir.
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                                rk
                                Oct 7, 2016 at 11:04 am
                                The kind of language Rahul hi has used for our Prime Minister is not acceptable.
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                                  Sunil Datta
                                  Oct 7, 2016 at 11:27 am
                                  Rahul is gone berserk, he does not know what he talks, UP is a flop ground for him before surgical strike. That is the reason he wants to put blame on Modi. So when his party looses very badly in UP, he will have some reason to prove him self innocent. He should quit politics, marry and enjoy the billions of rupees there family have made instead of making fool of him self in public.
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                                    count
                                    Oct 7, 2016 at 9:21 am
                                    I thing, he is talking to his audience who believes whatever he says. Most of his audience are converted one not the real Christians who are educated and knows his non-sense talk.
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                                      D.P. Mistry.
                                      Oct 7, 2016 at 10:57 am
                                      Like his parents poor lallu is really out of touch with the people of India. God give some sense to him and his corrupt followers that Congress is at its end.
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                                        amar das
                                        Oct 7, 2016 at 9:50 am
                                        Rahul hi looking like a Bhadwa, Speaking like Bhadwa, behave like Bhadwa... and so... Bhadwa ke Tatoo. Besaram, Unpadh, Gabar. ko stan nahin PoK bhej do.
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                                          Deep
                                          Oct 7, 2016 at 8:56 am
                                          The person who believe that Aloo is grown in factories, should comment on any thing under the sun. Otherwise we would be deprived of the services of the best living comedian of the day.
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                                            rajeev
                                            Oct 7, 2016 at 8:39 am
                                            It is shame to have leaders like Rahul hi
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