Like Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Wardha, BJP chief Amit Shah too used airstrike at Balakot terror camps and ‘Hindu terrorism’ issue to hit out at the Congress at an election rally at Kutchi Visa ground in Nagpur on Tuesday.
Shah said the Congress maligned Hindus by coining words like “Hindu terror and saffron terror”.
“Rahul had defamed the Hindu religion all over the world. Even the court has stated that there is no thing like Hindu terror.
“Rahul should apologise for defaming the Hindu religion by linking it to terror,” said Shah.
The BJP chief said when whole country was rejoicing over the air strike on a terror camp in Balakot, there was mourning only in Pakistan and Congress.
“When the country was rejoicing (over the air strike), there was mourning only in Pakistan and Rahul Gandhi-led Congress. When 40 jawans are martyred, should we not bomb the perpetrators of the Pulwama attack,” he asked.
Hitting out at the Congress president, he said, “Rahul baba .. you can do ILU ILU with terrorists, but we will give “eent ka jawab patthar se” (a resolute and befitting reply).”
While listing BJP government’s achievements in the last five years, Shah said the Modi government’s biggest success was that it had made India secure which was not the case when the Congress-led UPA was in power.
“During the UPA rule, there would be no response to terror attacks. After the Pulwama terror attack, there was anger and despondency all over. He also hit out at former president Manmohan Singh saying that the present government is not that of `mauni baba’ (silent PM) Manmohan Singh. On the 13th day of the Pulwama attack, the IAF (Indian Air Force) went deep inside Pakistan and destroyed terror camps.
He also took jibe at Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s public rallies in Wayanad. Shah said Gandhi’s rallies in Wayanad appeared as they were being organised in Pakistan.
While trying to encash outsider issue, Shah said the Congress did not find a nominee against Gadkari and hence it had to “import” its candidate from outside.