Amit Shah does a surgical strike on Rahul Gandhi, confers 'dalali' crown upon Congress

After Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of "playing with the blood of soldiers", in reference to the Indian Army’s 29 September surgical strikes, BJP President Amit Shah addressed a section of the media in Delhi slamming Rahul's statements.

BJP president Amit Shah. Reuters

BJP president Amit Shah. Reuters

He started out by congratulating the media for its role in boosting the morale of the Indian Army after it carried out the surgical strikes, reported ANI. "Indian media exposed Pakistani terrorists to the world, and also showed the government's efforts in extinguishing the same," he added.

Shah then dived straight into the matter of the surgical strikes being politicised, while stressing on the fact that the BJP stayed away from the controversy. "Some parties have doubted the surgical strikes. On behalf of the BJP I want to say to those people who are questioning the Army, I condemn this [politicisation]. You have only insulted army and the martyrs," he remarked.

It all started with Kejriwal, Shah said. Earlier this week, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, in a video message, praised Modi and the Indian Army for the surgical strikes against terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) across the Line of Control (LoC) and warned the PM of "Pakistan's false propaganda" and asked him to "unmask" it. Immediately, the BJP lashed out at Kejriwal for demanding proof of the surgical strikes.

"All this was started by Kejriwalji. Yesterday #PaksTandsWithKejriwal was trending in Pakistan, and that shows a lot. After this, there were stray comments from our other opponents. But when Congress V-P Rahul Gandhiji said khoon ki dalali, he crossed all limits" Shah said. He went to ask "Rahulji", if he thought the "blood of our brave soldiers is something that can be traded". Shah blamed the whole controversy on Rahul's political exceptions to Modi, claiming that this was no secret by giving examples of phrases that Rahul had employed in the past such as "maut ka saudagar", "zeher ki kheti". He also went on to ask if 'dalali' was the right word to refer to the Army's efforts.

"We want to ask him, who was the dalali in the Bofors scandal? Who was the dalali in the 2G scam? I want to ask Rahul Gandhi: a dalali is only for deals. How is it possible when it comes to the efforts of the army?"

Shah then said that none of the senior BJP leaders have issued a statement politicising the issue and that if some party workers at the state or district level had said anything, it only displays their enthusiasm and it should not be politicised. This is a matter, Shah said, that the whole nation is joyous about and that the real question here is, why aren't you "enthusiastic" about it? Shah noted that the "uproar" in Pakistan was proof enough that the surgical strikes took place and that sceptical political parties can take a look at that.

Shah ended his address with a patriotic statement. "The whole country, the government and the BJP are behind the army. We trust the bullets of the Indian army which keep the nation safe." He also asked Congress president Sonia Gandhi to clarify her stand on this statement and requested the Congress to keep the word dalali to themselves. "We believe in Jai jawaan, Jai Kisan," Shah said.

Updated Date: Oct 07, 2016 12:53 PM

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