India's surgical strikes Modi's 'first action worthy of PM', says Rahul Gandhi
Rahul Gandhi was addressing people at a road show in Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh. Photograph: (Facebook)
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, a vociferous critic of Indian Prime Minister Modi, has lauded him for the surgical strikes by the Army across the Line of Control (LoC), saying it is his 'first action worthy of PM' in two-and-a-half years. "When Prime Minister acts as the prime minister of the country then I too support him...I want to thank him that in the past two-and-a-half years, this is the first action which can be termed as worthy of prime minister," the Congress leader said at a roadshow in Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr district.
He also extended his party's support to the PM in his actions against Pakistani terrorists, saying, "He (Modi) has my full support and that of Congress. The entire nation is with him today."
Yesterday, the Indian Army carried out surgical strikes on seven terrorist launchpads across the LoC dividing India and Pakistan. 38 terrorists were killed in the under-an-hour long midnight incursion.
On September 18, eighteen Indian soldiers had died in a terror attack on an army camp in Uri, Kashmir. India had blamed the attack on terrorists from Pakistan. In the aftermath of the Uri attack, Rahul Gandhi had criticised Modi's "short-sighted" political alliance with PDP, saying it "opened space" for terrorism in Kashmir. He also blamed the NDA government for having "no strategy" vis-a-vis Kashmir.
"I stand by our soldiers and I condemn what has been done to them by Pakistanis. However, space for that has been created by the politics the NDA has practised in Jammu and Kashmir," he had said in Mati (Kanpur Dehat) on September 20.
Targeting PM Modi, he had said, "He goes from one event to another and this is no way of handling national security. National security cannot be handled like public meetings. This is a serious matter."
He had also tweeted:
FYI Modiji: a Kashmir strategy cannot be developed using selfies and sound bites— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) September 20, 2016
Rahul Gandhi is currently on a month-long roadshow through Uttar Pradesh, where he has been focusing on door-to-door campaigns and one-to-one interactions with farmers. The roadshow is part of the Congress strategy to connect with people ahead of the Uttar Pradesh polls next year.
(WION with inputs from agencies)