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BJP raps Rahul for his ‘what kind of Hindu Modi is’ jibe

Surgical strikes and Hinduism hogged the limelight in Rajasthan during the high-pitched poll campaign in the State on Saturday. Unrelenting in his direct attacks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday questioned the latter’s understanding of Hindutva and his Hindu credentials. Rahul also accused the PM of using the Army’s 2016 surgical strike across the Line of Control (LoC) into a “political asset” and claimed that three surgical strikes were conducted during the UPA time but it was not made public. His BJP counterpart Amit Shah countered him accusing the Gandhi scion of insulting slain Army soldiers by claiming that the 2016 surgical strike across the LoC was conducted to win the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. The BJP chief also questioned Congress’ idea of Hinduism and wondered what made the party preach the BJP about Hindus. “Our PM says he is a Hindu but he doesn’t understand the foundation of Hinduism. What kind of a Hindu is he,” Rahul wondered in a session with the business community in Udaipur. “What is the essence of Hinduism? What does the Gita say? That knowledge is with everybody… Knowledge is all around you. Every living being has the knowledge,” Rahul said further during his interaction. The Congress chief also charged the Modi Government with being “unsuccessful” in creating job opportunities for the youth. Referring to the surgical strikes on terror pads across the LoC on September 29, 2016, Rahul recalled as for how thrice surgical strikes were conducted during Manmohan Singh Government but the countrymen did not know about it as part of the defense strategy. “Are you aware of it? Modi actually reached into the Army’s domain and shaped surgical strike into a political asset,” said Rahul, adding that the surgical strike was made public as the BJP was fighting elections in Uttar Pradesh. Soon after his comments, Shah gave a sharp reaction addressing an election rally in Balotara town of Barmer district. “They are giving us lessons of Gita,” Shah said. Hitting out at the Congress, Shah further said, “On one hand there is a troop of patriots under leadership of Modi and on the other hand there is a troop which doesn’t have a leader, policy and principles.” “Prime Minister Modi took revenge for Army martyrs. Rahul 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,” Shah said at a public meeting in Phalodi town of Jodhpur district in Rajasthan. Calling Rahul a “confused Gandhi”, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “…he (Rahul) keeps on changing his Hindu appearances for political purposes, not by way of commitment. He isn’t a Hindu by commitment, he is a Hindu by political consideration. His Hindu faith changes with political expediency.” External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also responded to Rahul’s remarks and said the Congress is confused about Rahul’s religion and caste. “For years, Congress presented him as a secular leader, but near polls when they realised that Hindus are in majority, they created this image of Rahul being pro-Hindu,” she said. “Congress thought that only portraying him as a Hindu won’t work, so the party started presenting him as a devout Hindu. When even that didn’t work, the party started portraying his grandfather (Jawaharlal Nehru) as a Brahmin. Religion can be changed, not caste,” she said. Swaraj said Rahul claims to be “janeudhari brahmin” (a Brahmin who wears the sacred thread) but didn’t know that he gained so much knowledge that “we (the BJP) will have to learn the meaning of Hinduism from him”. “I hope the day doesn’t come when we (the BJP) have to learn the meaning of Hindu from him,” she said. Targeting Modi on demonetisation and the Goods and Services Tax (GST), Rahul said the PM had a confusion that people in the world do not know anything and he had a sense that all knowledge came from his mind. Read more posts… Sunday, 02 December 2018 | PNS | New Delhi/Jaipur

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