Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party convener, decided to take a hit at Rahul Gandhi, Congress vice-president, for ‘khoon ki dalali’ comment. However, he continued to be majorly targeted by BJP and Twitterati for being praised by the Pakistani media recently.
“Soon after Kejriwalji made statement on the surgical strikes, he started trending in Pakistan,” BJP chief Amit Shah said. It brought back focus on AAP convener’s statement regarding the September 29 attack on terror launchpads as being fake.
#PakStandsWithKejriwal was a prominent trend on Twitter, replaced soon with #AKSalutesIndianArmy after Friday morning’s statement.
Then, on Friday, Kejriwal took on Rahul Gandhi’s ‘dalali’ statement and accused Prime Minister Modi for “hiding behind the blood” of soldiers.
Kejriwal’s criticism of Rahul Gandhi comes at quite the inconvenient time for the CM as he himself is being held up on social media for his statement demanding the PM counter Pakistani propaganda.
“Our jawans put their lives at stake and carried out the surgical strikes and destroyed terrorist hideouts, we congratulate them. Rahul Gandhi ji has called the army’s bravdo and martyrdom “khoon ki dalaali”; we strongly criticize that,” Kejriwal said in a TV bite to the news agency ANI that he later retweeted.
“I have said this earlier,” he told the TV news agency. “We should forget our political differences and stand with the Army. We should support the prime minister on the measures he is taking for security. There should be no politics on the matter. This is what I believe.”
Soon after, workers, volunteers and supporters of AAP began to push the video with the tag #AKSalutesIndianArmy.
Gandhi had made the statement during the end of his 26-day Kisan Yatra in the nation’s capital on Thursday. They come a week after the surgical strikes were announced, a period in which politicians and their supporters dominated the discourse on Twitter and television.