Digvijaya Singh controversy: Why did Rahul Gandhi take so lengthy to publicly declare his respect for the armed forces, the BJP requested on Tuesday, slamming the previous Congress chief for dismissing Digvijaya Singh’s controversial feedback on surgical strikes as a “private opinion”. It additionally requested Congress to make its stand clear on the problems of terrorism and nationwide safety.
As Gandhi snubbed his occasion colleague Singh for elevating questions on surgical strikes and the BJP seized the row to nook the opposition occasion, BJP chief and former Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad stated the Congress has a behavior of projecting uncomfortable views of its leaders as their private views and requested if there’s any restrict to such opinion.
“No respect for defence”
Noting that Singh has been strolling with Gandhi because the starting of the yatra, Prasad stated the previous Congress president has been “unable to show him to respect armed forces, that too in Jammu and Kashmir. It is a matter of massive disgrace.”
“The query is what’s the commonplace of those leaders in the case of respecting our armed forces? Indians don’t search proof of their heroics however salute them,” Prasad instructed reporters, noting that Singh has a historical past of taking controversial stands, be it visiting households of suspected terrorists killed within the Batla Home encounter or praising radical Islamic preacher Zakir Naik.
Attacking Gandhi for his “vacillating” stand on armed forces, he cited a few of his earlier remarks, together with a current remark in Dausa through the Bharat Jodo Yatra questioning the federal government’s dealing with of the border standoff with China and declare that the Chinese language had been “beating up” Indian troopers.
“Khoon ki dalali”
He had used the “khoon ki dalali” barb after the 2016 surgical strikes to assault the Modi authorities and gone to the Jawaharlal Nehru College (JNU) to increase ethical help to “tukde tukde gang”, Prasad instructed reporters.
Why it took him so a few years to say publicly that he respects the armed forces, the BJP chief requested. He ought to have additionally stated “sorry” for what he had stated earlier, Prasad added.
He additionally took a dig at Congress chief Jairam Ramesh for bodily stopping a journalist from asking inquiries to Singh on his assertion in regards to the surgical strikes and the 2019 Pulwama terror assault through which 40 CRPF personnel had been killed. Gandhi on Tuesday stated he and the Congress don’t agree with Singh’s feedback on surgical strikes and that the armed forces don’t want to present any proof. It’s ridiculous, he stated on the remarks.
“I do not agree with the assertion of Digvijaya Singh. It’s crystal clear that we disagree with it. It’s the official place of the Congress,” Gandhi instructed reporters in Jammu and Kashmir.
When requested about Gandhi’s remarks on Article 370, Prasad it’s historical past now and the individuals of Jammu and Kashmir are having fun with the liberty which had eluded them for fairly a protracted.
BJP president Ravinder Raina sought an apology from Rahul Gandhi
Jammu and Kashmir BJP president Ravinder Raina sought an apology from Rahul Gandhi for Singh’s controversial remarks. “Rahul Gandhi ought to apologise for the remarks of his occasion chief,” Raina instructed reporters in Jammu. He stated the best way Singh questioned the valour and dedication of courageous military and IAF personnel is unlucky.
“Singh…has insulted armed forces. It can’t be tolerated… Armed forces have bravely entered PoK (Pakistan-occupied Kashmir) and carried out surgical strikes on terrorist camps. All the nation saluted the valour of troops of this nation, however Congress leaders are demanding proof from them,” he stated, including this exhibits the mentality of Congress leaders.
“It has change into customary for Congress to talk in opposition to the pursuits of the nation,” he charged. He additionally accused the Congress of dividing the nation and “gifting an enormous chunk of Jammu and Kashmir to Pakistan and China”.
Concentrating on Rahul Gandhi, the Jammu and Kashmir BJP chief stated the previous Congress chief claims he’s attempting to grasp the ache of Jammu and Kashmir, however he should reply why the Congress by no means gave rights to Gujjars, Bakkarwals and girls. Raina stated the Congress by no means talked to nationalists however solely with terrorists like Yasin Malik. “It has remained a supporter and sympathiser of terrorists,” he alleged.
(With inputs from PTI)