Union Minister of Animal Husbandry, Dairy and Fisheries Giriraj Singh has refused to buy former Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s tweet in which the latter has hit out at Pakistan over the neighbour country citing his name and political views in a petition against India in the United Nations.
Replying to Rahul Gandhi’s tweet wherein he had finally taken on Pakistan directly for being responsible for perpetrating terrorism on Indian soil, Giriraj Singh said that the former Congress chief's clarification is the equivalent of sticking a band-aid on a gunshot wound and went on to put forth that grave harm has been caused to India by his earlier statements:
it’s like stealing a Band-Aid from the dispensary & sticking it on a gunshot wound.— Shandilya Giriraj Singh (@girirajsinghbjp) August 28, 2019
राहुल गांधी और कांग्रेस ने भारत को बहुत ज़ख़्म दिए है। https://t.co/VyEBopyPvr
Rahul Gandhi, on Wednesday, tweeted that despite the political differences with the ruling government, he stands with them on the decision that Kashmir is an internal matter of India, thereby opposing Pakistan's attempt to internationalise it. He went on to say that there is a lot of violence in Jammu and Kashmir and that the dire situation is a result of Pakistan sponsoring terrorism on India's soil - something which it is known for across the world.
“I disagree with this Govt. on many issues. But, let me make this absolutely clear: Kashmir is India’s internal issue & there is no room for Pakistan or any other foreign country to interfere in it," he wrote.
He added, "There is violence in Jammu & Kashmir. There is violence because it is instigated and supported by Pakistan which is known to be the prime supporter of terrorism across the world.”.
Gandhi’s comments come days after his remarks, which were also reported widely by the Pakistani media, about a failed attempt to tour the valley of Kashmir. He had at that point said that he got a taste of the current "draconian administration" in Jammu and Kashmir when he and other opposition leaders were stopped from entering Srinagar and sent back to Delhi, after earlier having ignored the local administration's denial of permission to their political delegation. He was also mentioned in a letter sent by Pakistan's Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari on Monday to bolster Islamabad’s stand at the United Nations. The letter also quotes Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad questioning the restrictions in Kashmir.
That Pakistan has used the Congress party to further its narrative is not a new development. Giriraj Singh, himself, had earlier cited a statement by Rahul Gandhi to this effect. "Congress is with Pakistan. Pakistan had used this remark to file a petition. Rahul Gandhi doesn’t care about India or Jammu and Kashmir. He only cares about his vote bank,” Giriraj Singh had written.