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Rahul Gandhi in Damage Control Mode Day After Accusing PM of 'Khoon ki Dalali'

Press Trust Of India

First published: October 7, 2016, 11:30 AM IST | Updated: October 7, 2016
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Rahul Gandhi in Damage Control Mode Day After Accusing PM of 'Khoon ki Dalali'
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi wrapped up his month-long tour of poll-bound Uttar Pradesh on Thursday. (FILE PHOTO: REUTERS)

New Delhi: Facing flak for his 'khoon ki dalaali' jibe at Prime Minster Narendra Modi, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Friday said he has "unequivocally" supported Indian Army's cross-Loc surgical strikes but is against the use of army in political posters and propaganda by the BJP.

"I fully support the 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," Rahul said in a series of tweets, day after wrapping up a month-long tour of poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.

He had on Thursday hit out at Modi accusing him of "hiding behind the blood of soldiers" and said that he was politically exploiting their sacrifices.

"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)," Rahul had said.

His remark has drawn strong reaction from BJP, which called it "a new low in Indian politics". BJP chief Amit Shah was expected to hold a press conference on Friday noon to respond to Rahul's charge.

Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal and other parties have also criticised the Congress leader's remarks.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Digvijay Singh lashed out at the BJP leadership, alleging that they were touting the surgical strikes on terror launch-pads in Pakistan-held territory as though they did it themselves instead of the soldiers.

"Modi Amit Shah Parrikar and BJP Leaders are going around as if they have done the Surgical Strike! Give our Army & our Braveheart the Credit," Singh tweeted.

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