Did Rahul accuse grandma Indira Gandhi of doing ‘Khoon ki Dalali’ in 1971

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Rahul Gandhi seems to have indirectly accused his grandmother, Indira Gandhi, who bravely defied the world opinion and sent thousands of Indian soldiers to defend East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) from genocide. The victory in the 1971 war made Indira a legend so much so that BJP leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee supposedly compared her with goddess ‘Durga’.

However, her grandson and Congress VP Rahul, enjoying the fruit of her achievements, would have blamed her for doing ‘Khoon ki Dalali’ as hundreds of Indian soldiers died in that war, unlike in the recent Surgical Strike when all soldiers returned safely from a successful operation.

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Concluding his ‘Kisan Yatra’ at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of exploiting the death of soldiers who have died in the line of duty.

‘The soldiers who spilled their blood for the country and carried out surgical strikes, you are hiding behind them and trying to cash in on their blood,’ said Gandhi.

Hitting out at Rahul Gandhi over his “dalali” barb at Narendra Modi, BJP called his remarks “a new low in Indian politics” and said he was speaking in “frustration” as the Prime Minister was drawing “praise” after he gave nod to the army to carry out the surgical strikes.

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Another party National Secretary Sidharth Nath Singh said, “His statement is a new low in Indian politics. It is not only condemnable but highly irresponsible coming from the vice president of Congress party which fought for independence…Surgical strikes happened across the LoC but Rahul Gandhi has done surgical strike on his party.”

Rahul’s use of the word “dalali” in his recent high-on-rhetoric, low-on-substance attack on the PM was not just unfortunate and ill-advised, it could come back to haunt the Congress party and its not-so-young dynastic leader in the days ahead.