Following political parties’ criticism over Rahul Gandhi’ remark, RSS ideologue MG Vaidya on Friday lambasted the Congress vice-president, saying that the latter should have thought before making “stupid” remarks.
BJP leaders have also criticised Rahul Gandhi for accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of using the death of Indian soldiers in Kashmir for political gains.
Condemning Rahul Gandhi’s “dalali” diatribe, MG Vaidya on Friday said :” I don’t like about commenting on such stupid statements. Rahul Gandhi is a vice-president of the grand old party. I condemn the statement made by Rahul Gandhi. He should have thought for a while before making such statements.”
“Who is politicising the issue? It is people like Rahul Gandhi, who are creating a political slugfest. Who gave the Indian Army the authority to carry the surgical strike? It is the government. Everyone knows this fact. There is no need to make public as to who ordered the Army to carry out surgical strike. In every democracy, it is the government which order the military. Rahul Gandhi should understand that,” he was quoted as saying by a news agency.
Rahul Gandhi, taking a jibe at PM Modi, on Thursday said, “Jo hamare jawan hain jinhone apna khoon diya hai, Jammu and Kashmir mein khoon diya hai, jinhone Hindustan ke liye surgical strikes 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 Gandhi, concluding his ‘Kisan Yatra’ at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, called upon the Prime Minister to work for the development of people, especially farmers and army men. “Help the farmers give the army a hike in the seventh pay commission, it is your responsibility and that is what you have been elected for,” said Gandhi.
After facing flak over his comment, the Congress vice-president on Friday insisted that he supports the surgical strikes but will not support the use of Indian Army in political posters and propaganda.
“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,” said Gandhi in a series of tweets.