Union Minister Colonel Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Tuesday slammed Rahul Gandhi and the Congress after the party's president mentioned the leader of Jaish-e-Mohammed leader Masood Azhar as 'Masoor Azharji' in his speech in Delhi. Gandhi was once again attacking he Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government over the release of Masood Azhar in exchange for the safe return of the passengers of hijacked plane IC-814 in 1999 in his speech.
Reacting to the speech, the Union Minister said:
"Rahul Gandhi and Congress have been unmasked again. They address leaders of terrorists respectfully but call Indian Army chief a 'gunda'. They are crazy about Imran Khan but hate Modi. They speak the same language as ISI and Pakistan but ask for proof from Indian Army. It is time the country asks these Congressmen if after hating Modi they have begun hating India," he said.
The BJP had accused Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday of giving honour and respect to Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar, by referring to the terrorist leader as 'Masood Azhar Ji' in a rally.
Rahul Gandhi's precise words, while speaking about the dastardly February 14 Pulwama terror attack, are:
"40 CRPF soldiers lost their lives. Who was responsible for the bombing? Listen, it was Jaish-e-Mohammad. Masood Azhar. Do you remember? Now, the one who has 56-inch chest, do you remember that during his previous government, the Security Advisor Ajit Doval sat with Masood Azhar Ji in an aircraft and handed him over to Kandahar."
No hint of sarcasm, either verbal or non-verbal, is discernable in his remarks.
Consequent to this, an edited video of Rahul Gandhi simply saying the words 'Masood Azhar ji' has been shared by the BJP, where the party writes:
"This much respect for the head of the terrorist organisation that perpetrated the attack in which 44 brave Jawans were martyred!"