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Amit Shah launches scathing attack on Rahul Gandhi, accuses him of indulging in 'shallow politics'

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 28 June 2020, 15:09 IST
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Home Minister Amit Shah launched a sharp attack on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, imputing him of indulging in shallow politics.

“We are fully capable of handling anti-India propaganda but it does pain when a former president of such a big political party does ‘ochhi rajiniti (shallow politics)’ at a time of problems,” Shah said in an interview to ANI.

Rahul Gandhi has been leading the Congress attack on the India-China Face-off which took place in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley in which 20 Indian soldiers were martyred. Gandhi also accused the Prime Minister of surrendering India’s territory to China using the words Surrender Modi on Twitter.

“It is a matter of self-introspection for him and Congress that his hashtag is being taken forward by Pakistan and China. It is not for me. It is a matter of concern for Congress that hashtag of their leader is being encouraged by Pakistan and China. You say what China and Pakistan like. And at this time of crisis,” Home Minister said.

He also stated that the centre is ready for discussion over the issue in Parliament. “There will be Parliament (session). If you want to discuss, we will. Let everything be discussed from 1962 to today. No one is afraid of discussion. But when the soldiers of the country are making efforts, the government is taking solid steps after taking a stand, at that time, making statements that please Pakistan and China should not be done,” said Shah.

Amit Shah also threw brickbats at Congress for not letting anyone apart from Gandhi family become the party president. “After Advaniji, Rajnathji, Nitinji, Rajnathji again, I became (party president) and now Naddaji. Is there a member of the same family? After Indiraji, tell me a Congress President who is outside the Gandhi family. What democracy they talk about?” he said.

Rahul Gandhi and the grand old party have been criticizing the centre after the 15th June Skirmish. Previously, Gandhi shared a video and stated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should tell the truth as many accounts were suggesting that China had made foray into Eastern Ladakh.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi also accused the PM Modi-led central government of “mismanagement” which led to a full-blown crisis on the borders with China.

“True to its character, the government is in denial. The intrusion was detected and reported on May 5. Instead of a resolution, the situation deteriorated rapidly and there were violent clashes on June 15-16. Twenty Indian soldiers were martyred, 85 injured and 10 went ‘missing’ until they were returned,” she said at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting.

Earlier in the day, the Congress party again accused the government on Twitter of “giving in” to intruders.

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First published: 28 June 2020, 15:09 IST