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“Rahul Gandhi Is Liked By Pak, Cares Little For Tricolour,” Smriti Irani

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Published on August 30, 2019 with No Comments

Union minister Smriti Irani has slammed Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over his remarks on Jammu and Kashmir, claiming he cared little for the tricolour and is liked by Pakistan.

Ms Irani’s criticism came hours after the Congress leader hit out at Islamabad for instigating violence in Jammu and Kashmir, his remarks being seen by the Opposition as a damage control exercise following reports that Pakistan had cited him in a petition to the United Nations.

“It is not for the first time that Pakistan is finding support from Rahul Gandhi,” the women and child development minister said during a visit to the constituency she wrested from the Congress leader in the recent Lok Sabha elections. “It is a misfortune of the country that there is a leader in India who thinks less of the tricolour and values it little, and is liked more by the enemy country,” she said.

Referring to the debate in Parliament when the government decided to abrogate the special status for Jammu and Kashmir, Ms Irani said the people were “stunned” by the remarks by some Congress members when Home Minister Amit Shah spoke about one tricolour and one Constitution for the entire country. She claimed that these voices, which followed “hints and directions” from Gandhi, reflected the Congress “mentality of dividing India”.

Reminded about the most recent remarks by Rahul Gandhi over Pakistan’s role in violence in Kashmir, she said, “When you speak in Parliament, it has its own constitutional dignity.” Ms Irani said she wanted the Congress to realise that Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh are an integral part of India and the citizens there wanted development to reach every household “under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi”. “It would be better for the country if Rahul Gandhi does not ignite the fire of separatism,” she said.




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