Amit Shah, Congress go to war on Rahul’s LoC strike com­ment

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With his ‘khoon ki dalali’ re­marks, Rahul Gandhi has crossed all lim­its. I feel his use of words are an in­sult to the brav­ery of the armed forces...

NEW DELHI: The rul­ing BJP and its main ri­val ac­cused each other on Fri­day of play­ing pol­i­tics over sol­diers’ sac­ri­fice, af­ter Congress vice-pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi said Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi was “prof­i­teer­ing” from the army’s sur­gi­cal strike on mil­i­tant hide­outs in Pak­istan.

BJP chief Amit Shah led the party’s counter-of­fen­sive against Gandhi’s ac­cu­sa­tion that Modi was do­ing “khoon ki dalali” or prof­i­teer­ing from the sur­gi­cal strikes on “ter­ror launch pads” across the Line of Con­trol, the de facto bor­der in Jammu and Kash­mir.

The strate­gic ac­tion was car­ried out af­ter last month’s mili- tant at­tack on the Uri army base in which 19 sol­diers were killed.

“Is the blood of our sol­diers some­thing that you can trade?” Shah asked and put the Congress leader’s re­marks in the same league as “maut ka sauda­gar”, an old com­ment from the party re­fer­ring to Modi.

The army raids were be­ing touted as re­venge for Uri and could be­come a talk­ing point f o r n e x t ye a r ’s a s s e m b l y elec­tions in Ut­tar Pradesh, Pun­jab, Ut­tarak­hand, Goa and Ma­nipur.

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