New Delhi: Taking umbrage at Narendra Modi’s remark that ‘surgical strikes during UPA were done in video games’, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said that the Prime Minister has not insulted the grand old party but the Army. “The Army, Air Force or Navy are not personal properties of Narendra Modi ji like he thinks. When he says that surgical strikes during UPA were done in video games then he is not insulting Congress but the Army. We do not politicise the Army like him (PM),” Gandhi said, while addressing a press conference today.
On Friday, while taking a dig at the Opposition for releasing dates and details of surgical strikes across the border now, Modi had said, ”Jab kagaz par hi karni ho, jab video game mein hi strike karni ho to 6 ho ya 3 ho, 20 hon ya 25 hon, ye jhoote logon ko kya fark padta hai. (When you conduct surgical strikes on paper, it can be three, six, 20 or even 25… it will not matter since it is all lies)
Meanwhile, escalating his attack on the Prime Minister, Rahul Gandhi asserted that he (Modi) has destroyed country’s economy. “The biggest issue right now is unemployment and the way Modi ji has destroyed the economy. Country is asking that Modi ji you promised us 2 crore jobs, what about that? He doesn’t speak a word on jobs or farmers as he has nothing to say,” stated Gandhi.
Furthermore, Gandhi claimed that Congress party has demolished PM Modi. “Five years ago, it was said that Modi ji will rule for 10-15 years, that he is invincible. Congress party has demolished Narendra Modi ji, it is a hollow structure and in 10- 20 days, it will come crumbling down,” Congress chief expressed confidence.
He also attacked the Election Commission of India (ECI), terming it biased. “The EC is on a straight line when it comes to BJP, but with Congress it is different,” said the Congress chief.
Apologised to Supreme Court, Not BJP or PM Modi
On being asked about the contempt case against him, Gandhi clarified that he extended his apologies to the Supreme Court, not BJP or PM Modi. “Process is going on in Supreme Court and I made a comment attributed to SC so I apologised. I did not apologise to BJP or Modi ji. ‘Chowkidar Chor hai’ will remain our slogan,” the Congress chief said.
Who Sent Azhar Back to Pakistan?
Talking about JeM chief Masood Azhar, who was recently designated as ‘global terrorist’ by UN, Gandhi, in a veiled attack on BJP, asked ‘who sent him (Azhar) back to Pakistan’? “Strictest of actions should be taken against Masood Azhar, but who sent him back to Pakistan? Who bowed down to terror and released him? Not the Congress, but it was the BJP Govt,” Gandhi reiterated.
On Amit Shah’s allegation
Responding to Amit Shah’s allegation that Rahul’s former business partner got defence offset contract during UPA, the Congress president said, “Please undertake any investigation you want, do any inquiry you want, I am ready as I know I have not done anything wrong, but please also investigate.”