In response to the recent statement by Congress' Salman Khurshid on the Batla House encounter, BJP President Amit Shah questioned back the Congress party on why the UPA chairperson 'wept' at hearing about the deaths of Batla House terrorists.
"Batla House encounter happened during the Congress' reign. And now Salman Khurshid is coming and questioning me. I want to ask the Congress party, why did Sonia Gandhi break to tears on the killing of Batla House terrorists? Our brave PI was martyred, she did not cry on it. The Congress party should answer on that," said Amit Shah.
Former Minister of External Affairs and Congress party's Farrukhabad (UP) candidate Salman Khurshid on Sunday, dared UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to debate with him on the Batla House encounter case.
"Whom does Yogi want to fight? I am happy Yogi wants to debate with me. I want to tell him that he can debate about the matter anywhere with me, even in a Gaushala. To know if the cow supports him or not," Khurshid had said.
The comment comes after Yogi Adityanath during his campaign rally in Farrukhabad questioned Khurshid's support to Batla Encounter terrorist. "One should question as to why the Congress’s Farrukhabad candidate Salman Khurshid went to defend the Batla house terrorists," the Uttar Pradesh CM had said.
On April 20, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while accusing the Congress of having "vote-bhakti" (devotion for votes) than "deshbhakti" (nationalism) also spoke on the Batla House encounter.
"The politics of 'vote bhakti' was again on display when the Congress insulted martyrs of the Batla House encounter in New Delhi by casting doubts over the operation in which security personnel were killed," PM Modi had said.
In 2008, a team of Delhi Police had raided Batla House - a residential building in south Delhi - following a tip-off that terrorists involved in the September 13, 2008 serial blasts in the national capital, were holed up there.