What sort of Hindu is PM Modi, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi asks
Ahead of Rajasthan assembly elections, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that immediately after the surgical strikes, PM Modi was campaigning for the Uttar Pradesh elections and his party was losing. In order to turn things around in the election, details of the surgical strike were made public.
In a series of statements made Saturday, Congress president Rahul Gandhi attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi on multiple issues ranging from Hinduism, women empowerment and demonetisation to surgical strikes.
He questioned the PM on his Hindu quotient saying that Modi did not understand the foundation of Hinduism.
“What is the essence of Hinduism? 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 foundation of Hinduism. What kind of a Hindu is he?” Rahul Gandhi said.
Addressing a public interaction with members of business community and professionals in Udaipur, Rahul said that the PM believes that he knows best about everything and that the world’s knowledge comes from his brain only.
He said this while speaking about the surgical strikes and how the BJP government had turned a military asset into a political asset to benefit itself during the Uttar Pradesh elections.
He said that the BJP government wasn’t the only one which had permitted the surgical strikes and that surgical strikes had been carried out during Manmohan Singh’s tenure as prime minister but had been kept secret at the army’s behest.
“Do you know that like Narendra Modi’s surgical strike, Manmohan Singhji did that 3 times? When Army came to Manmohan Singh and said we need to retaliate against Pakistan for what they’ve done they also said we want it to be secret, for our own purposes,” Gandhi said.
Rahul went on to explain why the BJP government had revealed details of the surgical strikes.
“But Narendra Modi actually reached into Army’s domain and shaped their surgical strike, he turned their surgical strike into a political asset when it actually was a military decision,” Rahul said.
“What the Army would have liked was we’ll do it, it’s beneficial if nobody knows we did it. But Modi didn’t want that. He was fighting an election in UP and he was losing it. So he did it to turn a military asset into a political asset,” Rahul Gandhi said.
“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 the 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,” Rahul Gandhi said.
He said that the Army knows what to do best in its domain, politicians know what to do best in their domain. “The two shouldn’t mix,” he said.
Rahul went on to compare Manmohan Singh’s style of functioning with that of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said that when the 26/11 Mumbai attacks had taken place, Manmohan Singh was the prime minister. Upon receiving the information regarding the attack, Manmohan Singh had made two phone calls.
“The second phone call that went from Manmohan Singh’s office was to LK Advani, who was leading the opposition at that time. As leader of opposition, he had to know and it was Manmohan Singh’s duty to inform him. But prime minister modi has never called me. He has never called Soniaji, not even Advaniji,” Rahul said.