“If Indira Gandhi can be credited, why not PM Modi,” asks Rajnath Singh

Gandhinagar: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh while addressing an election rally in Gujarat asked the crowd why PM Modi should not get credit for the decision to carry out air strikes in Pakistan’s Balakot in which terror camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed were destroyed.

Addressing the crowd, he compared Prime Minister Modi’s achievement to that of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, under whose leadership India defeated Pakistan in the 1971 war.

As a result of the 1971 war with Pakistan, Bangladesh was created. Citing the same, he asked the crowd “If Indira Gandhi can get credit for dividing Pakistan, why shouldn’t PM Narendra Modi get credit for the Balakot strike?”

“It was the bravery of our armed forces that they divided Pakistan into two parts. One remained Pakistan, while Bangladesh was formed,” Mr Singh said while acknowledging Indira Gandhi’s decision during the 1971 war.

Mr Singh reminded that after the 1971 war, BJP leader AB Vajpayee praised Indira Gandhi in the Parliament and was also praised all over the country at that time.

He then attacked the opposition Congress saying that they hadn’t shown that spirit for when PM Modi gave the armed forces the go-ahead to carry out the “pre-emptive, non-military” strike in Pakistan’s Balakot.

“When over 40 of our CRPF soldiers lost their lives in a suicide terror attack, Modiji gave a free hand to our forces. Should he not be given credit for that?” he questioned.