(Eds: Incorporating comments of Amit Shah, BJP spokesperson) New Delhi, Sep 28 (PTI) BJP president Amit Shah Friday accused Congress chief Rahul Gandhi of standing with “urban naxals conspiring to kill” Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and asked him if he has lost his mental balance after losing public support. Also Read - Centre Mulls Extending Nationwide Lockdown as COVID-19 Cases Near 5000-mark With 124 Deaths | Top Developments

“There is only one place for idiocy and it’s called the Congress,” the BJP chief said, and asserted that the Congress stands “exposed” with the order of the apex court, which refused to interfere with the arrests of five activists in the Koregaon-Bhima violence case. Also Read - Coronavirus in Gujarat: 14-month-old Toddler Dies of COVID-19 in Jamnagar

Shah, who asked the Congress to clear its stand on the critical issue of urban naxalism, posted a barrage of tweets and later issued a statement on an issue he believes would fit in his party’s campaign on the plank of national security. Also Read - New York Leads Coronavirus Death Toll With 731 Fatalties in 24 Hours

The BJP also held a press conference in which its spokesperson Sambit Patra projected the apex court ruling as a vindication of his party’s stand and defeat of the Congress.

“Rahul Gandhi sometimes stands with illegal infiltrators on the issue of NRC and sometimes with those in the JNU who raise slogans against India. Now he has stood with urban naxals conspiring to kill the prime minister. Has he lost his balance too after losing public support?” Shah said.

The court order has “exposed” the Congress, Gandhi, other opposition parties and so called intellectuals who have politicised the issue of national security, he said, adding that they should apologise to the country.

Shah also took a dig at the Congress over its “patriotism”, saying Gandhi used the “khoon ki dalali” barb at the government following the Army’s surgical strikes in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir in 2016 and his mother and the then Congress president Sonia Gandhi cried over deaths of terrorists.

He was apparently referring to the controversy following the encounter killing of some terrorists in Batla house in 2008, as a Congress leader had allegedly claimed that Sonia Gandhi had cried looking at images of the encounter.

“There is only one place for idiocy and it’s called the Congress. Support ‘Bharat Ke Tukde Tukde Gang’ (break India gang), Maoists, fake activists and corrupt elements. Defame all those who are honest and working. Welcome to Rahul Gandhi’s Congress,” Shah said.

India is a vibrant democracy with a healthy culture of debate, discussion and dissent, he said, adding that “plotting against the country with the intent to harm its citizens is not one of these”.

Those who politicised this issue need to apologise, he said.

The BJP president also tagged an August 28 tweet of Rahul Gandhi in which he had said that there is place for only one NGO in India, and it’s called the RSS.

“Shut down all other NGOs. Jail all activists and shoot those that complain. Welcome to the new India,” he had said following the arrests of five activists by Maharashtra police.

The Congress is concerned about human rights of naxals and infiltrators but not about the countrymen, Shah alleged.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, in a 2:1 verdict, Friday refused the plea seeking the immediate release of the activists and also declined to appoint a special investigation team (SIT) to probe their arrest.

Patra told a press conference that it was a “historic” day with India and its interests and security emerging victorious in the order.

Citing comments of Gandhi and other Congress leaders against the BJP and the Narendra Modi government following arrests of the activists, he alleged Gandhi stood with them “shamelessly” to promote his political interests.

“This is defeat of the Congress. Rahul Gandhi should hang his head in shame,” Patra said.

“Our country and national security mean nothing for Rahul Gandhi, and the only thing important for him is his political agenda… Why don’t you stand with India and why do you stand with anti-India forces?” he asked Rahul.

Patra said some of these activists were arrested earlier as well for their alleged links with banned outfits.

The Congress wants to remove the prime minister, and it does not matter to it whether Pakistan does it or Maoists do it, he alleged and sought Gandhi’s apology.

In a reference to “Shaurya Diwas” to be celebrated by the BJP tomorrow to observe the second anniversary of the surgical strikes carried out by the Army in PoK, he said while his party would tell soldiers that it is with them in their fight, the Congress would say it is with Maoists and Pakistan Army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa.

The BJP has been attacking the Congress over its leader Navjot Singh Sidhu hugging Bajwa during his trip to Pakistan to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Imran Khan as Pakistan Prime Minister.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.