Seems like controversial comments are increasing with campaigning gaining momentum ahead of the third phase of polling on Tuesday.
The latest in this series is Maharashtra Minister of Rural Development Panakaja Munde’s bomb comment against Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
Addressing a rally at Jalna parliamentary constituency, Munde said that a bomb should be tied around Congress president’s neck and he should be sent to other countries. Munde was taking an aim at Rahul in response to several Congress leaders questioning the Balakot air strikes.
The Bharatiya Janata Party leader made the statement in the presence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and BJP state unit chief Raosaheb Danve in Jalna, Times Now reported. Danve is the BJP’s Jalna Lok Sabha constituency candidate.
Munde said the Indian armed forces had conducted the “surgical strike” after an attack on the country’s soldiers. “They [Opposition] say ‘what is this surgical strike and who did it’,” she is heard saying in a video. “Then you should have tied a bomb to Rahul Gandhi and sent him to another country. Then they would have understood.”
Munde was referring to the questions raised by the Congress and other Opposition parties about the Indian Air Force’s air strike across the border in February.
India’s strike on Balakot came on February 26, days after the a Jaish-e-Mohammad suicide bomber killed 40 security personnel in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir.
Congress has condemned Munde’s remarks calling it cheap politics of the BJP
The Congress has condemned her comments. “The cheap thoughts of the BJP leaders are being proved once again,” Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant said. “We do not expect anything less than that from them. Those who label a martyr [Hemant Karkare] as anti-national are capable of going to any extent.”
Sawant was referring to Pragya Singh Thakur’s comments against the former Mumbai Anti-Terror Squad chief Hemant Karkare, who died in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. Thakur claimed he died after she had cursed him because he had investigated the charges against her in connection with the Malegaon blasts.
Jalna has been BJP’s stronghold since the 1996 elections and in 2014, Dadarao, who defeated Congress’s Autade Vilas Keshavrao by over two lakh votes.
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