Political temperature soared on Friday over Rahul Gandhi’s ‘dalali’ remarks, with BJP chief Amit Shah launching a blistering attack on him, saying he “crossed all limits” and “insulted” the army’s valour as Congress leader insisted he supported the military action but denounced “political propaganda” on the issue.
Here is who said what after Rahul Gandhi’s ‘khoon ki dalali’ remark on PM Narendra Modi:
Amit Shah, BJP chief: By making ‘khoon ki dalali’ remarks, Rahul Gandhi has crossed all limits. It was an extreme. By choosing such words, he insulted the bravery of our soldiers and 125 crore people of India. The whole country, BJP and its government are standing firmly behind the army. We do not believe in the comments of anti-India leaders. We believe in the army's bullets.
Kapil Sibal, Congress leader: Rahul Gandhi knew what he said. His thought process was clear. You should understand the feeling of Rahul Gandhi when he made the statement, which the people of the country do.
Jayant Sinha, Union minister: All those scams and scandals during the UPA regime reflected who had been doing "dalali". "Dalali" was clearly visible during the previous UPA regime whenever scandals had emerged.
Lalu Prasad, RJD President: Rahul Gandhi ko apni baat theek se rakhni nahi aai (Rahul Gandhi failed to put across his views properly). I am with the country's army and there is a need to give even more stronger injection to Pakistan.
DP Tripathi, NCP MP: Rahul Gandhi is the leader of the principal opposition party, which is perhaps the oldest organisation in the world. He should have shown refrained from using such words.
Arvind Kejriwal, AAP chief: Our soldiers valiantly carried out surgical strikes and demolished terror addresses. I have previously done so and want to congratulate the army once again for this. I strongly criticise Rahul Gandhi’s remarks wherein he said army’s sacrifices and bravery was ‘khoon ki dalali’.
Shrikant Sharma, BJP National Secretary: 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.
Sidharth Nath Singh, BJP National Secretary: 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.
(With inputs from PTI)