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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.