Support surgical strikes, not propaganda using India Army: Rahul Gandhi

The Congress vice-president's comments triggered a major controversy with the BJP and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal slamming him for his statement.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 7, 2016 2:42 pm
rahul gandhi, rahul gandhi dalali, rahu gandhi comments, narendra modi, modi, pm modi, surgical strikes, uri attack, uri terror attack, latest news Rampur: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi interacts with the farmers during a Khat Panchayat programme in Rampur on Wednesday. PTI Photo

After accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of pandering blood of jawans and hiding behind them, Rahul Gandhi on Friday tweeted saying he unequivocally supports the surgical strikes. 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 | BJP Slams Rahul Gandhi For His ”Dalali” Remarks At PM Modi


The Congress vice-president’s comments triggered a major controversy with the BJP and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal slamming him for his statement. Kejriwal said that words like ‘dalali’ should not have been used by Rahul Gandhi and that the times call for everyone to stand united. “I strongly condemn what Rahul Gandhi said about our jawans, this is a matter in which we all need to stand united. Such words (dalali) should not have been used by Rahul Gandhi. These are the times for us unite & stand along arm,” Kejriwal said on Friday.

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

In the meantime, BJP President Amit Shah on Friday slammed Rahul Gandhi for his ‘dalali’ remark for PM Narendra Modi and condemned the politics over surgical strikes by some parties. “Some parties tried to question the surgical strikes, some even raised doubts. I condemn all those who have insulted our Indian Armed Forces,” Shah said in a press conference today in the capital.

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

WATCH VIDEO: Surgical Strikes: Eyewitnesses’ Accounts Validate India’s Claim Of A Lethal Strike

On Thursday, Rahul Gandhi said during his road show, “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).”

Addressing a rally in the national capital which marked the culmination of his month-long ‘Deoria to Delhi kisan yatra’ in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, Gandhi said, “The Indian army has done its job for the country, you do yours.”

READ: Rahul Gandhi made a joke of our martyred soldiers by calling surgical strikes ‘khoon ki holi’: BJP

His attack comes only days after he had praised Narendra Modi for his first Prime Minister-like action in two years in the context of surgical strikes. He also accused Modi of making false promises to the people of the country. “Modi ji promised bank accounts to everyone, but there is no money in those accounts. All his promises were fake,” said Gandhi.

India conducted surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC) on terrorist launchpads on September 28 in a response to the Uri terror attack which claimed the lives of 19 soldiers.

For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App

  1. A
    arvind kumar
    Oct 7, 2016 at 6:50 am
    Rahul hi may not be as good orator as NAMO but he never talks senseless. Let the UP election come, you will hear a lot of senseless rhetoric and low languages and tricks from top most BJP leaders.
    1. A
      Oct 7, 2016 at 4:46 pm
      Propaa is also a tool of war against our enemies. Rahul hi is inept in his choice word , immature in his outlook like a clown Prince.
    2. C
      Chander Pal
      Oct 7, 2016 at 7:50 am
      This is school boy argument. Every body had supported Lal Bahadur Shastri in 1965 and Indira hi in 1971. Even leaders of parties opposing congi did not raise such uncivil objections at that time. The w problem is that congi has been uprooted from the seat of power and R G can not accept this fact.
      1. D
        Oct 7, 2016 at 6:23 am
        Asim Zameer you are Kuma mayo
        1. D
          Oct 7, 2016 at 6:17 am
          Rahul you are son of B****
          1. D
            Doba Dodu
            Oct 8, 2016 at 12:57 am
            THE MOST FAMOUS SURGICAL STRIKE OF GREAT INDIAN ARMY!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The unforgettable Surgical Strike of the Great Indian Army was, where 33 para troopers of the 10th Para Regiment were brutally killed by the LTTE during heli-landing to the ground of University of Jaffna on 11th October 1987! We still remember it Mr. Subramani (Sami). The heli-borne ault on the Jaffna University was one significant phase of the battle code named �Operation Pawan� on the night of 11 October 1987. Aim of this commando raid was to capture the top LTTE terrorist leadership and local commanders who were operating inside the University building at the time of the raid, according to Indian Intelligence. Thus thirty three para troopers including Lieutenant Colonel A.K. Chhabra fell victim to LTTE indiscriminate fire halfway their landing. "Firing at para troopers before their landing was a blatant violation of the Geneva Convention ped in 1949." India said ( is the Indian version of Geneva Convention which does not applies to Indian Occupied Kashmir).lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Let us see how The Great Indian 'Zeros' were respecting the same Geneva Convention: The Jaffna hospital macre occurred on October 21 and 22, 1987, during the Sri Lankan Civil War, when troops of the Indian Army entered the premises of the Jaffna Teaching Hospital in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, and killed between 60-70 patients and staf. The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the government of Sri Lanka, and independent observers such as the University Teachers for Human Rights and others have called it a macre of civilians. Same thing is repeated by the Great Indian 'zeros' in Indian Occupied Kashmir today!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;We also remember how the 90,000 strong Great Indian Army struggled with 4000 Hindu Tamil Tiger Terrorists and left Sri Lanka unsuccessfully with shame after loosing over 2000 Great Indian 'Zeros' in action and several thousand wounded! It was the mighty stani Airforce which finally helped Sri Lanka to defeat Terrorism forever!
            1. J
              Oct 7, 2016 at 6:58 am
              In fact it is the Con Party, which is hiding behind the terrorist groups both inside and outside the country, and doing politics by even questioning the army. Con Party is very worried that it is thoroughly exposed on how it was soft on terrorism during its rule, and how it was not acting against stan's threats. It is shameful that the Corrupt Party leader is preaching how the duly elected Indian Prime Minister must behave.
              1. R
                Ramu Bollampalli
                Oct 7, 2016 at 6:32 am
                This is the problem with Pappu. he is not regular to schooling it seems. Please make an admission for Kinder garden to Rahul hi and his senior Digvijay Singh.
                1. Load More Comments