“Rahul Gandhi ji, even after walking thousands of kilometers with you, why couldn’t you teach Digvijaya Singh to respect the Army? This is not the first time he [Singh] has spoken against the Army. This time he did it in Kashmir, it is a matter of great shame,” mentioned BJP chief Ravi Shankar Prasad throughout a press convention.
He additionally demanded that the Congress make its stand clear on the problems of terrorism and nationwide safety.
‘His private views’
The assault got here hours after Rahul Gandhi distanced himself and the occasion from Singh’s remarks questioning the veracity of the 2016 surgical strike.
“We are a democratic party, not a dictatorship. These are his [Digvijaya Singh’s] personal views, and we don’t appreciate them,” he mentioned, including: “I don’t agree with the statement of Digvijaya Singh. It is crystal clear that we disagree with it. It is the official position of the Congress.”
Each Digvijaya Singh and Rahul Gandhi have insulted Indian Military: Ravi Shankar Prasad
He additional added that the occasion management has “utmost respect for the armed forces … the Armed forces don’t need to provide any proof”.
‘Why did it take Rahul Gandhi so lengthy?’
Reacting to Rahul’s assertion, the BJP retorted: “For the first time, Rahul Gandhi said he respects the Army.”
“Why did Rahul Gandhi take so long to publicly declare his respect for the armed forces,” Prasad requested, including that the Congress has a behavior of projecting uncomfortable views of its leaders as their private views and requested if there may be any restrict to such opinion.
“The question is what is the standard of these leaders when it comes to respecting our armed forces. Indians do not seek proof of their heroics but salute them,” Prasad informed 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 additionally cited a few of his earlier remarks, together with a latest remark in Dausa throughout the Bharat Jodo Yatra questioning the federal government’s dealing with of the border standoff with China and declare that the Chinese language have been “beating up” Indian troopers.
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 assist to “tukde tukde gang”, Prasad informed reporters.
Why it took him so a few years to say publicly that he respects armed forces, the BJP chief requested. He ought to have additionally mentioned “sorry” for what he had mentioned 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 concerning the surgical strikes and the 2019 Pulwama terror assault during which 40 CRPF personnel have been killed.
On Monday, Congress chief Digvijaya Singh focused the Centre, alleging that it gave no proof of surgical strikes although it claimed to have killed many terrorists.
“They talk of surgical strikes. They claim to have killed so many people but no proof is given. They are ruling by peddling a bundle of lies,” he mentioned.
In a tweet in Hindi, he mentioned: “From where did the terrorists get 300 kg of RDX in Pulwama incident? DSP Davinder Singh was caught with terrorists but then why was he released? We also want to know about the friendship between the prime ministers of Pakistan and India.”
The BJP condemned his remarks, and mentioned that such feedback present that the Rahul Gandhi-led foot march throughout the nation is ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ solely in identify whereas he and his occasion colleagues are working to “break” the nation,” BJP spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia said. “It’s basically “Bharat todo yatra” he added.
(With inputs from companies)
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