Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of duping people in terms of the latter's promise to implement IDS (a one-time opportunity to those with hidden income to come clean by making the disclosure and paying 45 percent tax and penalty). Only this time, Rahul's allegations have gone a step further. Speaking from Jantar Mantar in Delhi, he accused Modi of "playing with the blood of soldiers", in reference to the Indian Army’s 29 September surgical strikes.
"The country wants justice from Modi and it’s his responsibility to deliver on his promises. Where is the 15 lakhs that Modi promised," he asked.
After blaming the prime minister for inaction over his promises, he said that Modi has definitely done two things. That he has made India fight with others, and second, he has divided the country.
While referring to the surgical strikes, he said that "humare jawan hai jinhone khoon diya hai, jinhone surgical strikes kiya, unke khoon ke peeche aap (Modi) chuppe huye hai (Our soldiers conducted surgical strikes and gave their blood. Modi is just hiding behind their sacrifices)," he said.
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"Unki aap dalali kar rahe ho," he added, while telling Modi that the Indian Army has done its work and he should do his. Which is to increase the salaries of the armed forces in the seventh pay commission, he said.
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BJP responded to his comment and called it a "blatantly shameless" remark, CNN-News18 reported.
BJP also called his remarks "a new low in Indian politics" and said he was speaking in "frustration" as the Prime Minister was drawing "praise" after he gave nod to the army to carry out the surgical strikes.
"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," BJP National Secretary Shrikant Sharma said.
Another party National Secretary Sidharth Nath Singh said, "His statement is a new low in Indian politics. It is not only
condemnable but highly irresponsible coming from the vice president of Congress party which fought for independence... Surgical strikes happened across the LoC but Rahul Gandhi has done surgical strike on his party."
Taking a jibe at Gandhi, Sharma said "dalali" is in his and Congress' nature as he referred to a number of alleged scams, like 2G, CWG, coal, involving the UPA government, which, he added, ran into 12 lakh crore. Gandhi too is on bail in the National Herald scam of Rs 5000 crore, he alleged.
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.
Congress and other political parties may be nervous because of courage and will power shown by Modi government in backing armed forces decision to go for surgical strike across LOC. The aim of a responsible govt is to back armed forces which defend the nation and not use them for political gains, Singh said.
Rahul Gandhi is on the last day of his Deoria to Delhi roadshow to kickstart the campaign for the 2017 Uttar Pradesh polls.
With inputs from PTI.