Days after he praised India's prime minister Narendra Modi for the surgical strikes across the Line of Control, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today accused Modi of exploiting the strikes for political gains.
"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," Gandhi said at a rally in the poll-bound state of northern Uttar Pradesh state.
"The Indian army has done its job for the country, you do yours," the Congress Vice President said at the rally which marked the conclusion of his month-long 'Deoria to Delhi kisan yatra' in the state.
On September 30, the Congress vice-president had said he had supported Modi's midnight operation against five terrorist launchpades across the Line of Control (LoC), the defacto border between India and Pakistan, calling it his 'first action worthy of prime minister.'
He also accused India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of neglecting the cause of farmers and soldiers. "You should help the farmers of the country. You should provide more money to the
Indian Army under the 7th Pay Commission, that is your responsibility. This is why people
of India have elected you and this is the truth," he said.
'New low in Indian politics'
BJP hit back, calling Gandhi's remarks "highly irresponsible" and "a new low in Indian politics." The party also alleged that Gandhi was frustrated with the praise the PM was getting from everywhere for conducting the strikes.
Sidharth Nath Singh, the party's national secretary, 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."
"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," Shrikant Sharma, also the party's national secretary, said.
He added that being a 'broker' was the nature of the Congress and Rahul Gandhi referring to a number of like the 2G spectrum scam, the Commonwealth Games Scam, and the Coal Scam involving the former United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, which, as per him, ran into 12 lakh crores of rupees.
He alleged that Gandhi himself was out on bail in the National Herald scam of Rs 5000 crore. Referring to controversial comments of some leaders of the Congress, including Sanjay Nirupam, Sharma said the Opposition party was confused as they had been attacking Modi after the January terrorist attack in Pathankot and last month's Uri terror attacks and did 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.