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Rahul Faces Backlash from BJP Over 'New India' Comment on Army Dog Squad's Yoga Day Photo

Rahul Faces Backlash from BJP Over 'New India' Comment on Army Dog Squad's Yoga Day Photo

Accusing Gandhi of 'spreading negativity', Union minister Amit Shah said the Congress had yet again insulted the armed forces while expressing its support for the medieval practice of triple talaq.

New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday courted controversy by tweeting pictures of the Indian Army's dog squad doing yoga and captioning it "New India". Gandhi's tweet drew a sharp retort from Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who accused him of mocking International Yoga Day and insulting the forces.

The pictures in the tweet showed the Army dog unit and their trainers in a prostrate position.

Shah took to Twitter to criticise Gandhi and said while the Congress supports the medieval practice of triple talaq, it insults the armed forces again. He also accused the Congress of spreading negativity.

Defence minister Rajnath Singh also criticised Gandhi's tweet.

The BJP contended that life is only about a joke for the Congress chief as he is in the habit of posting photographs of his pet dog.

BJP national vice-president Vinay Sahasrabuddhe said it was "painful" to see a senior politician "ridiculing" International Yoga Day.

BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli said that while Prime Minister Narendra Modi's governance had seen a new India, Gandhi's tweet reveals a new Congress under his leadership.

Gandhi was also trolled on Twitter, with a number of people posting pictures about the Congress while poking fun at him and the party.