The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president on Saturday hit back at Congress president Rahul Gandhi saying that he was insulting martyred Army soldiers by claiming that the 2016 surgical strike across the LoC was conducted to win the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.
Notably, Amit Shah addressed two public rally in poll bound Rajasthan’s Phalodi town of Jodhpur district and Udaipur. He said, “PM Modi took revenge for Army martyrs. Rahul Gandhi is saying that surgical strike was conducted to win Uttar Pradesh election. You insult the martyrs of the country. You could not even show some courage.”
Amit Shah further asserted that today Army jawans have developed a sense of pride that their government is standing behind them rock solid. Hitting out at the Congress, the BJP chief said, “On one hand there is a troop of patriots under leadership of Narendra Modi and on the other hand there is a troop which doesn’t have a leader, policy and principles.”
He also took a dig at Congress for not declaring its chief ministerial candidate and wondered how can an “army” win which has not been able to finalise its leader.
It is to be noted that earlier in the morning today, while addressing a gathering at Udaipur, Rahul Gandhi alleged that the surgical strike was made public as the BJP was fighting elections in Uttar Pradesh.
He also said, “Like during the Narendra Modi government, surgical strike was conducted thrice during Manmohan Singh government. Are you aware of it? Modi actually reached into the Army’s domain and shaped surgical strike into a political asset.”
It is to be known that in 2013, under Raje’s leadership BJP claimed 163 of the 200 Assembly seats, leaving 21 constituencies for Congress. The ruling party has put up faith again in Vasundhara Raje and declared her as its chief ministerial candidate for Rajasthan. However, Congress has not declared their CM candidate.