Munger/Samastipur: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah on Wednesday attacked Congress President Rahul Gandhi over the airstrike on Balakot, saying it was Pakistan and the grand old party along with the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ that was mourning the attack.

Addressing a rally in Bihar’s Munger, Shah said, “Only two types of people were mourning the Balakot air strikes. One was those in the ruling establishment in Pakistan. The second was Rahul baba and company.”

Even though people were congratulating the Indian Air Force (IAF) on the Balakot airstrike, Congress and company mourned the attack, he said Shah. He said, “Do jagah matam tha. Ek Pakistan mein, wahan hona bhi chahiye. Doosra Rahul baba and company gathbandhan walo ke wahan. Udhar Pakistan ke aatankwadi mare usmein aapke chehre ka noor kyun ghayab ho gaya hai? Kya mamare, chachere bhai lagte hain?” 

“Since the 1990s, whenever the Congress was in power, we had to contend with the humiliation of Pakistan-sponsored terrorists killing our soldiers, mutilating their bodies. Karyakartas (BJP-RSS workers) like me cannot forget how helpless Manmohan Singh used to look,” he added. Shah went on to add that it was the grand old party’s frustration speaking out loud because of which they are seeking proof of the airstrike.

He further took a jibe at the Mahagathbandhan for the lack of unity and said, “I got a very interesting SMS – if this formation gets a majority, Mamata Banerjee will be the Prime Minister on Monday, Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday, Mayawati on Wednesday, Lalu Prasad on Thursday, Chandrababu Naidu on Friday, Deve Gowda on Saturday and the entire country will go on a holiday on Sunday.” “Tell me, is this how a country can be run, is this how Pakistan can be given a befitting a reply and terrorism be quelled,” Shah said.

Shah also spoke about the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and vowed that neither Congress nor any other party will be able to repeal the act. “I’ve come to tell Rahul baba it will not be repealed in your whole life, after you, if another Gandhi comes, even he will not be able to repeal it,” said Shah.