Rahul Gandhi accused of mocking soldiers with ‘New India’ tweet on Yoga Day, Amit Shah adds communal colour


Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday stirred a huge controversy after he posted a tweet with a ‘New India’ caption to describe a certain picture of the Indian army’s canines also marking International Yoga Day. Reacting to a photo shared by the Indian Army of its dog’s unit, Gandhi wrote, “New India.”

Rahul Gandhi

Though the Congress president did not comment further, his detractors were quick to allege that Gandhi had mocked the Indian forces with his ‘New India’ caption.

His tweet instantly invited outrage from his political rivals on the microblogging site. Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh reacted, angrily, “With due respect to you, @RahulGandhi Ji, these are proud members of the Indian Army and they contribute to the safety of our nation. When someone insults our forces repeatedly, then I can only pray that may God him good sense.”

Union Home Minister Amit Shah too slammed Gandhi but not before he added a tinge of communal fervour even though the topic had no connection to religious beliefs. He wrote, “Congress stands for negativity. Today, their negativity was seen in their clear support to the medieval practice of Triple Talaq. Now, they mock Yoga Day and insult our forces (yet again!) Hoping the spirit of positivity will prevail. It can help overcome toughest challenges.”

Many Congress supporters on Twitter were seen defending their leader with some linking his tweet to the state of media today.