Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi faced severe flak from BJP over his ‘Dalali’ jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi. BJP, on Thursday, 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.
Addressing a public meeting in the national capital on Thursday, Rahul Gandhi had said “jinhone Hindustan ke liye surgical strike kiye hain, unke khoon ke peeche aap chhupe hain. Unki aap dalali kar rahe ho. You (Modi) are hiding behind the blood of soldiers who carried out the surgical strikes for India. You are exploiting their sacrifices.”
“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.
Besides, Sambit Patra, spokesperson of BJP, has said that Rahul has failed to learn from Sonia Gandhi’s mistakes and said “‘Khoon ki Dalali’ will do to Rahul what ‘Maut Ka Saudagar’ did to Sonia Gandhi (sic).”
Sonia Gandhi had to bear the brunt of ‘Maut Ka Saudagar’ remark in the run up to the 2007 Gujarat assembly elections.
"खून की दलाली" will do to Sh Rahul Gandhi ,what "मौत का सौदागर" did to Smt Sonia Gandhi !!— Sambit Patra (@sambitswaraj) October 6, 2016
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.
Terming Gandhi’s ‘Kisan Yatra’ in Uttar Pradesh as a “flop drama”, Sharma said the governments run by Gandhi family members did nothing for either farmers or youths and have the “blot” of suicides committed by lakhs of farmers.
Modi is solving the problems inherited from Congress governments and has come out with schemes like crop insurance and soil health card to help farmers.
“The Modi government has offered salve to the wounds inflicted by Congress governments,” he said.