Udaipur: Congress president Rahul Gandhi fired a fresh salvo at Prime Minister Narendra Modi in poll-bound Udaipur district of Rajasthan and accused him of turning the surgical strikes into a ‘political asset’. He also questioned his Hinduism and said, “PM Modi is Hindu, but doesn’t understand Hinduism.”Also Read - Zee Opinion Poll For Kumaun (Uttarakhand): Congress Emerges as Single Largest Party; AAP Likely To Win 10 Seats
While interacting with the business community and professionals ahead of the Rajasthan Assembly Election 2018, Rahul Gandhi blamed the Prime Minister of reaching into Army’s domain and interfering with the military decision. Also Read - #ZeeNewsOpinionPoll: Congress Just Ahead Of BJP in Uttarakhand, Harish Rawat Most Popular CM Choice | Highlights
The Gandhi scion also made a revelation that surgical strike was carried out three times during former prime minister Manmohan Singh’s tenure but no one came to know about it as the Indian Army had asked it to be kept as a secret. Also Read - Rajasthan Weekend Curfew: Police Intensifies Patrolling, Raises Barricades To Check Violations
Gandhi said, “Do you know that like Mr Narendra Modi’s surgical strike, Manmohan Singh Ji did that 3 times? When Army came to Mr Manmohan Singh and said we need to retaliate against Pak for what they’ve done they also said we wanted to be secret, for our own purposes.”
He further added that the Congress did what the Army had said as it was beneficial if nobody knew about it. Gandhi said that since Modi was losing the election in UP, he made an announcement of the surgical strike.
Hinting that PM Modi is controlling at all levels, Gandhi further said that PM is convinced he knows better than Army what needs to be done in Army’s area, better than Foreign Minister what needs to be done in foreign ministry, better than Agriculture Minister what needs to be done in agriculture because he has a sense that all knowledge comes from his brain.
Questioning PM Modi’s knowledge, Gandhi went on to ask what Hinduism was all about. “What does the Gita say? That knowledge is with everybody, knowledge is all around you. Every living being has knowledge. Our PM says he is a Hindu but he doesn’t understand the foundation of Hinduism. What kind of a Hindu is he?” he asked.
Gandhi also spoke about the importance of government educational institutes and added that it’s a myth that private sector educational institutes were better. He said, “We are clear on the view that we can’t run the country without government institutes for education and healthcare.”
On Saturday, Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to address public meetings in Bhilwara, Chittorgarh and Hanumangarh in the wake of Rajasthan polls, voting for which is scheduled for December 7. Congress national general secretary Ashok Gehlot and party’s Rajasthan chief Sachin Pilot are expected to accompany the party chief.