Hours after Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala gave a statement politicising the Pulwama terror attack, party president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday also targeted PM Modi by choosing to entice controversy over the Rafale deal, while talking about the martyrdom of 40 CRPF soldiers who were killed by a Pakistan backed Jaish-e-Mohammad suicide bomber on the Jammu-Srinagar highway on February 14.
With a tweet on social media, Rahul Gandhi first spoke about struggle of families of brave soldiers who were martyred, then targeted PM Modi with his much-repeated yet unsubstantiated allegation that the government gave Rs 30,000 crore to Anil Ambani over the Rafale deal as a 'gift'. Furthemore, in his tweet, the Congress chief also wrote about the denial of "Shaheed" status to the 40 CPRF soldiers.
"The brave are martyred. Their families struggle.40 Jawans give their lives but are denied the status of “Shaheed”. While this man has never given & only taken. He’s gifted 30,000Cr of their money & will live happily ever after. Welcome to Modi’s NEW INDIA," reads Rahul Gandhi's tweet.
Furthermore, the news article that the Congress president attached in his tweet wasn't even about the Rafale deal, it was in relation to the Ericsson case in which the Reliance group chief has been asked to pay off his debts in four weeks.
The Congress chief has been constantly targeting PM Modi over the Rafale deal, alleging that he 'gave Rs 30,000 crore to Anil Ambani's Reliance defence company' in the 36 fighter jet deal between India and France.
Earlier on Thursday, Randeep Surjewala termed the Pulwama attack as a one of 'homegrown terror' while addressing a press briefing and attacked the Prime Minister over his activities on the day of the suicide-bombing, juxtaposing political jibes with questions on the lapses of security precautions during the movement of the 2500-jawan strong CRPF convoy on that fateful day.
"Questions must be asked as to who provided the kilograms of RDX and MI4 carbines, rocket launchers to the homegrown so called terrorists," Surjewala said during the press briefing.