Rahul, BJP spar over who reaped Pul­wama ‘ben­e­fit’

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Ex­actly a year af­ter the Pul­wama ter­ror­ist at­tack, which may have pos­si­bly swung the elec­tion to­wards the BJP, a bit­ter war of words broke out be­tween the rul­ing side and the Op­po­si­tion as Congress leader Rahul Gandhi asked “who had ben­e­fited from the strike”, while the BJP ac­cused him of be­ing a “known sym­pa­thiser” of ter­ror groups like the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba and Jaish-e-Mo­hammed.

The rul­ing party claimed the “so-called Gandhi fam­ily can never think be­yond ben­e­fits”, and that they were not just “ma­te­ri­al­is­ti­cally cor­rupt, their souls are also cor­rupt”.

Ear­lier, pay­ing homage to mar­tyrs of the at­tack, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi said the coun­try will never for­get the mar­tyr­dom of the security per­son­nel killed in last year’s at­tack and said the slain se­cu­ri­ty­men were “ex­cep­tional in­di­vid­u­als” who de­voted their lives to pro­tect­ing the na­tion.

Last year, on Fe­bru­ary 14, a con­voy of ve­hi­cles car­ry­ing security per­son­nel on the Jam­muSri­na­gar na­tional high­way was at­tacked by a ve­hi­cle-borne sui­cide bomber at Leth­pora in Pul­wama district in Jammu and Kash­mir, in which 40 CRPF per­son­nel were killed.

While pay­ing trib­ute to the CRPF mar­tyrs, Congress’ Rahul Gandhi raised ques­tions on ac­count­abil­ity for the at­tack. “To­day, as we re­mem­ber our 40 CRPF mar­tyrs in the #Pul­wa­maAt­tack, let us ask: 1. Who ben­e­fited the most from the at­tack? 2. What is the out­come of the in­quiry into the at­tack? 3. Who in the BJP Govt has yet been held ac­count­able for the lapses?” he tweeted.

The BJP was quick to hit back at the Congress leader for his “das­tardly com­ment”, say­ing he was in­sult­ing the me­mory of CRPF per­son­nel, and sought an apol­ogy from him and his party.

“That was a das­tardly at­tack. And this is a das­tardly com­ment. Who ben­e­fited the most? Mr Gandhi, can you think be­yond ben­e­fits? Of course not. This so-called ‘Gandhi’ fam­ily can never think be­yond ben­e­fits,” tweeted BJP na­tional spokesman Sam­bit Pa­tra.

— PTI

CRPF per­son­nel pay trib­ute at a memo­rial to the 40 CRPF jawans, who were killed in the Pul­wama ter­ror at­tack in Fe­bru­ary last year, at Le­ta­pora of Pul­wama District of South Kash­mir on Fri­day.

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