Perhaps Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi thought that by pointlessly criticising the Modi government he will score some election points. But something went wrong.
“Jinhone Hindustan ke liye surgical strike kiye hain, unke khoon ke peeche aap chhupe hain. Unki aap dalali kar rahe ho.” (You are hiding behind the blood of soldiers who carried out the surgical strikes for India. You are exploiting their sacrifices), Rahul said on Thursday in his direct attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Of course, he was severely censured across the media for using the word ‘dalali’ (brokering) for the PM.
What is shocking, perhaps even to the Congress scion, is that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, too, joined the chorus of those criticizing Gandhi.
“I strongly criticise Rahul Gandhi’s remarks wherein he said army’s sacrifices and bravery was ‘khoon ki dalali‘,” Kejriwal said.
“I condemn the use of such words. I have told in the House as well as in a video message that right now there is tension at the border. The entire country should stand behind the army keeping aside political differences and support the Prime Minister’s steps pertaining to security. There should not be any politics over this issue,” he added.
This is the same Kejriwal who was reviled by a section of the Twitterati for a video in which he asks the PM to “expose” Pakistani propaganda which says that the surgical strikes never happened. The message was interpreted as a demand for proof of the strikes by Kejriwal.
A Twitter hashtag #PakStandsWithKejriwal started trending after Kejriwal’s “proof” demand.