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Rahul Gandhi: I don't support using Indian Army in political posters and propaganda

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 7 October 2016, 12:15 IST

After the BJP lashed out at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for his 'khoon ki dalali' remark, Gandhi today tweeted that he fully supports surgical strikes but "will not support using the Indian Army in political posters and propaganda all across the country".

Earlier, while addressing hundreds of supporters at Jantar Manter in New Delhi, Gandhi targeted Prime Minster Narendra Modi and said, "The soldiers who spilled their blood for the country and carried out surgical strikes, you are hiding behind them and trying to cash in on their blood. They have done their work now you do yours. Help the farmers give the army a hike in the seventh pay commission, it is your responsibility and that is what you have been elected for."

To which BJP's spokesperson Sambit Patra responded with, "I am really astonished by the kind of language Rahul Gandhi has used for the Indian Government and the Indian Prime Minister. By saying that the surgical strike and the aftermath was nothing but 'khoon ki dalali', he had in fact made a joke of the martyred brave soldiers and Indian Army."

Patra added that Gandhi was an "immature leader".

Delhi Chief Minsiter Arvind Kejriwal also lashed out at Rahul Gandhi and said he condemned the Congress VP's statement about the soldiers.

Kejriwal said, "I strongly condemn what Rahul Gandhi said about our jawans, this is a matter in which we all need to stand united."

Concluding his 'Kisan Yatra' at the Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Thursday, Gandhi accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of exploiting the death of soldiers who have died in the line of duty and said that Modi was indulging in "Dalali" (brokering) of the blood of Indian soldiers.

First published: 7 October 2016, 12:15 IST