Amit Shah Attacks Rahul Gandhi on 'Khoon Ki Dalaali' Remark, Says he has Crossed All Limits
BJP chief Amit Shah during a press conference on Friday. (TV GRAB)
New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Friday hit out at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over his "khoon ki dalaali" statement, saying it crossed all limits and was an insult to the country's soldiers.
“These words are not acceptable. When we as a nation together are gathering confidence to fight terrorism, Rahul Gandhi is giving such absurd statements,” Shah said a day after the Congress vice president’s controversial remark that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was profiteering from the sacrifice of soldiers.
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Shah said the BJP wanted to ask the Congress leader whether anyone could put a price on the soldiers' service to the country.
“Rahul Gandhi's statement shows the Congress mentality. The Congress is trying to bring our Army’s morale down. The BJP will not do such things. We believe in our armed forces,” Shah said.
Attacking Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, Shah said; "Some people have questioned surgical strikes. We did not want politics over this, but it still happened. I condemn that.”
Indirectly referring to CNN-News18's expose, the BJP president said investigative journalists have showed evidence of the surgical strikes "clearing doubts raised by some political parties".
On Wednesday, a police official in PoK had, in a telephone conversation with CNN-News18’s Manoj Gupta, admitted that surgical strikes took place in the early hours of September 29.
The BJP chief’s press conference was held hours after Rahul Gandhi tried to douse the political fire he triggered a day earlier, saying he "unequivocally" supported the Army's cross-LoC surgical strikes but was against the use of army in political posters and propaganda by the BJP.
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Wrapping up a month-long tour of poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, Rahul had on Thursday evening said: "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 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)."
Apart from the BJP, Kejriwal, too, criticised the statement.
Reacting to Shah’s comments on Rahul Gandhi, Congress leader Kapil Sibal said those who were behind bars can’t preach others and the BJP had stooped to new low. He said it was not the first time the LoC was crossed. Sibal said “the BJP is saying this is the first time India has crossed LoC. Who crossed LoC in 1965 and during Kargil time?”
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He reiterated that Congress salutes martyrs and Indian defence forces. Sibal said: “Pakistan is a patient who has cancer in the form of terrorism. We should cure Pakistan of this cancer. We want peace with them. There should not be any politics over our defence forces.”