Little did Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi know that his attempt to criticize Prime Minister Narendra Modi would backfire him to this extent. Marking the culmination of his month-long ‘Deoria to Delhi kisan yatra,’ Rahul while addressing a rally in Delhi said, “Jo hamare jawan hain jinhone apna khoon diya hai, Jammu and Kashmir mein khoon diya hai, jinhone Hindustan ke liye surgical strike kiye hain, unke khoon ke peeche aap chhupe hain. Unki aap dalali kar rahe ho. Yeh bilkul galat hai. (You (Modi) are hiding behind the blood of soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir and those who carried out the surgical strikes for India. You are exploiting their sacrifices, which is very wrong).”
Condemning these remarks, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in a conversation with ANI said the following:
Our soldiers bravely launched surgical strikes across the LoC. I have congratulated them for it before and will do so again. However, Rahul Gandhi’s recent remarks dubbing the bravery of the Army as khoon ki dalali was not appropriate of him.
I condemn such usage of words and such statements. I have reiterated that quite a number of times, that we need to keep our political differences aside and support the Indian Army in this moment. Our Prime Minister is taking certain steps to ensure the security of India and all political parties ought to support him in this.
I believe that we shouldn’t be playing politics over this issue.
— Akshay Malhotra (@Akshay1Malhotra) October 7, 2016
Rahul also added, “the Indian army has done its job for the country, you do yours.”
Hitting out at Rahul Gandhi over his “dalali” barb, BJP National Secretary Shrikant Sharma said, “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.”
Referring to controversial comments of some Congress leaders including Sanjay Nirupam, Sharma said the Opposition party is confused as they had been attacking Modi after Pathankot and Uri terror attacks and do not know how to react after he ordered the surgical strikes.