New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday launched a scathing attack on the Congress. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said that “temples and cows” are election issues for the grand old party, as the party, as claimed by him, brings up these issues during polls.

Taking on Rahul Gandhi’s remark that ‘surgical strikes were conducted during UPA too but not publicised’, the home minister retaliated by questioning Gandhi’s claim, saying, why did the then government not deem necessary to make army valour and effort public. “Why is he saying this now? Why did they not make the Army’s valour and effort public? People have a right to know achievements of Army. He is suddenly realising this now?,” Rajnath Singh asked people while addressing a press conference.

Further, speaking on Congress’s demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on Rafale row, the home minister said that the grand old party should now wait for the Supreme Court’s judgement as the discretion on the matter now rests with the country’s top court.

Rafale Row

It is to be noted here that Congress had been attacking the saffron party over the Rafale deal. The Rs 58,000-crore Rafale fighter jet deal has been at the centre of a raging political row with the Congress accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government of wrongdoing. The government has rejected all allegations.

Rahul Gandhi’s Surgical Strike Remark

Rahul Gandhi Saturday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of shaping the Army’s 2016 surgical strike across the LoC into a “political asset” and being “unsuccessful” in creating job opportunities for the youth.

Referring to the surgical strikes on terror pads across the LoC on September 29, 2016, Gandhi told the gathering in poll-bound Rajasthan, “Like during the Narendra Modi government, surgical strike was conducted thrice during Manmohan Singh government. Are you aware of it? Modi actually reached into the Army’s domain and shaped surgical strike into a political asset.” The Congress president alleged that the surgical strike was made public as the BJP was fighting elections in Uttar Pradesh.

Ram Mandir Issue

Recently, Congress including other parties had tried to corner the ruling BJP on the Ram temple issue. The Congress had been accusing the BJP of raising the temple issue only when elections are around the corner. BJP’s estranged ally Shiv Sena had also stressed that the Ram temple is an issue of faith and demanded that the government come out with an Ordinance soon.

The long-standing matter is pending before the apex court for its final resolution. Earlier, the court had asked the stakeholders of the issue to resolve the matter amicably out of the court.