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After ‘Dalali’ jibe, Rahul Gandhi takes U-turn, hails surgical strikes

The Congress vice-president on Thursday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi accusing him of “hiding behind the blood of soldiers”
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Taking an U-turn, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, after facing  flak for his ‘dalali’ remarks on surgical strikes, on Friday said he has “unequivocally” supported the military action but is against the use of army in political posters and propaganda by Bharatiya Janata Party.

“I fully support the surgical strikes and I have said so unequivocally, but I will not support using the Indian Army in political posters and propaganda all across the country,” the Congress vice president said in a series of tweets.

The Congress vice-president had on Thursday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi accusing him of “hiding behind the blood of soldiers” and said that he was politically exploiting their sacrifices.

“Jinhone Hindustan ke liye surgical strike kiye hain, unke khoon ke peeche aap chhupe hain. Unki aap dalali kar rahe ho. Yeh bilkul galat hai. {You (Modi) are hiding behind the blood of soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir and those who carried out the surgical strikes for India. You are exploiting their sacrifices, which is very wrong},” Rahul said.

His ‘dalali’ barb triggered a major controversy with the BJP and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal slamming him for his statement. Kejriwal said that words like ‘dalali’ should not have been used by Rahul Gandhi and that the times call for everyone to stand united. BJP called it “a new low in Indian politics”.

“I strongly condemn what Rahul Gandhi said about our jawans, this is a matter in which we all need to stand united. Such words (dalali) should not have been used by Rahul Gandhi. These are the times for us unite & stand along arm,” Kejriwal said on Friday.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Digvijay Singh slammed BJP leadership, alleging that they were touting the surgical strike on terror launchpads along the LoC as if they did it themselves instead of the army men.

“Modi Amit Shah Parrikar and BJP Leaders are going around as if they have done the Surgical Strike! Give our Army & our Braveheart the Credit,” Mr. Singh said in a tweet.

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