Rahul Gandhi lauds Narendra Modi, calls surgical strikes first action worthy of stature as PM


Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday lauded Narendra Modi for the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army across LoC, saying it was his “first action” befitting of a Prime Minister in two-and-a-half years.

Rahul, who is in Uttar Pradesh for his Kisan Yatra, said at a road show that he and his party stand by the Prime Minister’s decision.

“When the Prime Minister acts as the prime minister of the country then I too support him…I want to thank him that in the past two-and-a-half years, this is the first action which can be termed as befitting of the prime minister,” the Congress vice president said.

Rahul, who has been criticising Modi during his ongoing Deoria to Delhi ‘kisan yatra’, was all praise for the prime minister a day after India carried out surgical strikes on seven terror launch pads across the LoC with the Army inflicting “significant casualties” on terrorists preparing to infiltrate from PoK.

Rahul said, “He (Modi) has my full support and that of the Congress party…the entire nation is standing with him today.”

He paid tributes to the jawans who were prepared to make the supreme sacrifice to safeguard the country.

In course of his ongoing kisan yatra, Rahul had alleged that Modi’s “short-sighted” political alliance with the PDP “opened the space” for terrorism in Kashmir.

“I stand by our soldiers and I condemn what has been done to them by the Pakistanis. However, the space for that has been created by the politics that the NDA has carried out in Jammu and Kashmir,” he had said in Mati (Kanpur Dehat) on 20 September days after the Uri attack.

He had noted that the erstwhile UPA government had spent nine years fighting terrorism and curbing it.

Rahul had accused Pakistan of being responsible for the attack while apportioning blame on the NDA government’s “politics” for it.

“The first responsibility is on Pakistan and the government’s politics,” he had told reporters.

Alleging that the NDA had “no strategy” as regards Kashmir, Rahul had targeted the Prime Minister, saying he “goes from one event to another and this is no way of handling national security. National security cannot be handled like public meetings. This is a serious matter.”

He had also tweeted: “FYI Modiji: a Kashmir strategy cannot be developed using selfies and sound bites.”

(With inputs from PTI)