The Congress came out all guns blazing at BJP chief Amit Shah on Friday for condemning Rahul Gandhi, accusing the saffron party of using the army’s strikes against militant bases for political purposes.
At a press conference in Delhi, the Congress attacked Shah for saying that Gandhi had crossed all limits and insulted the army.
“Those who have murder charges against them, those who have been in the jail, those are now trying to find faults in Rahul Gandhi,” senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal said.
“Stop putting up these posters claiming credit -- it was the Indian Army who should be hailed; stop this politics.”
The Congress offensive came after Shah condemned Gandhi, who had said at a rally on Thursday that the BJP was profiteering from the blood of soldiers. “Rahul Gandhi has crossed all limits. His remarks are an insult not only to the brave armed forces and martyrs but the entire country,” Shah said.
But the Congress hit back, blaming the BJP for the spurt in militancy and pointing out that a BJP government had released Maulana Masood Azhar during the Kandahar aeroplane hijack in 1999. Azhar went on to launch the terror group, Jaish-e-Mohammed.
“You gave birth to Jaish-e-Mohammed and then you level allegations on the Congress. They released Masood Azhar,” Sibal said.
लेकिन हम बोले नहीं क्यूंकि ये काम बिना पॉलिटिक्स के होते हैं और चुपचाप होते हैं: @KapilSibal— INC India (@INCIndia) October 7, 2016
सेना ने पहले भी किया था और सेना करती भी आ रही हैं. पूर्व सेना प्रमुख ने कहा है कि पहले भी ये काम हमने किये हैं :@KapilSibal— INC India (@INCIndia) October 7, 2016
The war of words comes as political temperatures rise following an army operation on militant bases in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir last week. The Opposition says the government is trying to usurp credit ahead of assembly polls next year while the BJP says other parties are insulting the army.
The Congress also said the BJP was mishandling the militancy emanating from Pakistan.
“Terrorists are cancer cells in ‘patient’ Pakistan’s body. We want for this cancer to end. The government thinks after that the surgical strikes, ‘patient’ Pakistan has been cured, terrorism has ended. End this ‘poster-bazi.”