Condemning Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s comment that surgical strikes during the previous Congress government were “video games”, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said that the former has insulted the Indian Army.
“Army is not a personal property of Mr. Modi. Surgical Strikes are done by the Armed Forces. When Mr. Modi says Surgical strikes during Congress govt were “video games”, he doesn’t insult Congress, he insults the army,” Gandhi said while addressing a press conference in New Delhi.
“We do not politicise Army. It belongs to the country, not any one person and we need to respect that. Prime Minister should have some courtesy to not insult the Army,” he added.
Taking a jibe a PM Modi, the Congress Chief said that the grand old party has demolished the former.
“It’s in Mr. Narendra Modi’s nature to cower under pressure. Today the Congress party has demolished PM Modi. The same people who said Mr. Modi is a crusader for corruption, today say ‘Chowkidar Chor Hai’,” he said.
Mocking the Prime Minister for not “having the guts to hold a press conference,” the Gandhi scion said, “I have several times asked him to debate me on jobs and fighting against corruption. Frankly, he does not have the expertise on these issues.”
“I don’t see a strategic campaign by the BJP. I see a scared Prime Minister unable to face the onslaught of the opposition and who is absolutely convinced in his mind that he is trapped. It is a panicky campaign,” he added.
He then appreciated the Congress’ manifesto and how it has taken into consideration people’s voices.
“We have given a list of promises that we intend to fulfill. Everyone appreciated our manifesto, because it reflects the voice of the people. What are Mr. Modi’s promises on jobs and fighting corruption?” Gandhi said.
“Our manifesto has an entire chapter explaining in detail on how to create jobs and how NYAY scheme will benefit people. NYAY scheme intends to jumpstart the economy. Mr. Modi demonetised the economy, NYAY scheme will remonetise the economy,” he added.