Video wars: After Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Masood Azhar ji’ goof-up, Congress’ comeback featuring Ravi Shankar Prasad

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Published: March 12, 2019 10:39:38 AM

Congress has released a video clip of BJP leader and Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad where he can be heard addressing Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed as 'Hafiz Saeed ji'.

hafiz ji, masood azhar ji, Congress, Rahul GandhiCongress vs BJP video wars: Now Congress releases video of Ravi Shankar Prasad calling ‘Hafiz ji’

The Congress party has hit back at the Bharatiya Janata Party for targeting its president Rahul Gandhi after he referred JuD chief Masood Azhar as ‘Masood Azhar ji’. In a counter to the BJP’s attack against the Congress president over the slip of tongue, the party has released a video clip of BJP leader and Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad where he can be heard addressing Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed as ‘Hafiz Saeed ji’.

The video was tweeted by Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi with the hashtag (#) ‘BJP loves terrorists’.

“Hope this finds pride of place in BJP‘s revamped website,as& when it returns. BJP‘s admiration of Hafeez Saeed&his ilk. Also reminds us how they sent their special emissary to Pak,Ved P Vaidik, to have a dialogue with him&hug him. Hugplomacy began from there. #BJPLovesTerrorists (sic),” she tweeted.


She also tweeted photographs of NSA Ajit Doval walking behind JeM chief Masood Azhar. “But this is just one of the many love signs displayed by BJP for Hafeez Saeed, Masood Azhar&ilk. These pics of India’s NSA with Masood Azhar, the nation will never forget,” she said in another tweet.

The Congress party was left red-faced on Monday when its president referred to Masood Azhar as ‘Masood Azhar ji’ during a meeting. Top party leaders including Ghulam Nabi Azad came out in Rahul’s defence saying that while the Congress government arrested Azhar, it was the BJP that released him. Azhar was released by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government in December 1999 in exchange of 190 hijacked Indian Airlines passengers.

The clip of Rahul’s speech went viral on social media immediately. The BJP also tweeted the clip on its official Twitter handle. Several BJP leaders including Ravi Shankar Prasd also attacked Rahul for his controversial statement.

“Come on Rahul Gandhi Ji! Earlier it were the likes of Digvijay Ji who called Osama Ji and Hafiz Saeed Sahab. Now you are saying Masood Azhar Ji. What is happening to Congress Party?” he said.

Another BJP leader and Union minister Smriti Irani too attacked Rahul saying, “Nation is shocked Rahul Gandhi addressed a terrorist Masood Azhar with respect. Families of martyrs and people who lost their relatives in terrorist attacks want to ask him,why so much respect for a terrorist? Why he calls the Army chief a ‘gunda’ while respects a terrorist?”

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