After BJP president Amit Shah's rebuttal to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Kapil Sibal has now fired off round two of the political salvo between the two parties.
"People who are named in murder cases will tell us that our roots are tainted. I didn’t expect the BJP to stoop so low that its leadership will have to point fingers at those who gave independence. Convicted people are giving lectures; the government has no experience making statement," Sibal said.
Jinke khilaaf murder ke case ho,jinhone jail ki hava khaayi ho vo batayenge ki Rahul ji ke mool mein khot hai?: Kapil Sibal pic.twitter.com/jZC38LSRYD
— ANI (@ANI_news) October 7, 2016
He also exhorted Prime Minister Narendra Modi to speak out and advise Shah that indulging in political bickering is harmful for democracy.
On the issue of the BJP claiming that the Army crossed the LoC for the first time on 29 September, when it carried out surgical strikes, Sibal asked, "Who crossed the LoC in 1965, 71 and 1999? Did Modi, Amit Shah or Parrikar cross the LoC? Does the Indian history start from 2014?" He also reprimanded the BJP for forgetting all these dates in Indian history and accused the BJP of exploiting the Indian Army's strikes. "We didn't politicise Kargil," he said.
1965 में मोदी जी, अमित शाह और पर्रीकर जी ने LOC पार की थी? 1971 में किसने क्रॉस की थी. 1999 में कारगिल में किसने क्रॉस की थी? @KapilSibal
— INC India (@INCIndia) October 7, 2016
Comparing Pakistan to a patient, the Congress leader said that the neighbouring country has cancer cells in its body and therefore India seeks to treat it with chemotherapy as it wants Pakistan to be a healthy nation.
However, Sibal in an obvious taunt to the government said that the cancer isn't cured by one surgical strike that India undertook. "So has cancer stopped? Is terrorism over?"he asked.
Sibal was also vocal about the ruling government politicising the efforts of the army, asking them to "please stop this poster baazi. Let the army do its job like it has been doing. Amit Shah said that they will take this surgical strike to the people, which clearly shows they want to politicise the matter".
He also brought out a notice issued by the Election Commission to the BJP in 2013 for using the images of armed fores in its "political propaganda". The EC had then stated that the armed forces are apolitical and neutral stakeholders in a democracy and that politicians should exercise great caution in referring to the armed forces.
Aaj ye hamle hote hi nahi agar Jaish-e-Mohd paida nahi hota, aur use paida BJP ne kiya, Masood Azhar ko riha kiya: Kapil Sibal
— ANI (@ANI_news) October 7, 2016
But the most damning response of all by the senior Congress leader was that the BJP had given birth to the terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed.
"Who let out Masood Azhar; whose defence minister accompanied him to Pakistan? Why did you go to participate in a birthday party? Who is giving energy to Pakistan? It’s BJP’s so called special friend who is giving them power and their industrialist friends are negotiating it. And they blame Congress party?" Sibal said.
The former UPA minister then said that if the BJP was so concerned about the army, then why did they lower the combat pension? "Is this how you are standing with them, by not making OROP happen — is that how you show your support?" he asked.
Sibal also insisted that the BJP apologise to the army saying that the party had insulted it.