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Current NSA handed over Masood Azhar at Kandahar: Rahul
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Current NSA handed over Masood Azhar at Kandahar: Rahul

New Delhi, Mar 11: Hitting back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for accusing the previous UPA government of being soft on terror, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday said it was the previous BJP Government which released the Pulwama attack mastermind Jaish-e-Mohammad's Chief Masood Azhar in 1999.

Addressing a Congress booth level workers conference here, Mr Gandhi said, “Jaish-e-Mohammad carried out the Pulwama attack in which 44 jawans were killed. You would remember that during their (NDA) last Govt, current National Security Advisor Ajit Doval went to Kandahar to hand over Masood Azhar. The BJP released Masood Azhar.”

“The Congress never bows before terror. We have lost two prime ministers in fighting terrorism,” the Congress president added. He also attacked the prime minister for holding a meeting with China amidst the Doklam standoff.

“When Doklam issue was on, the Prime Minister went to China and held a meeting without an agenda. He bowed before China with folded hands and said keep Doklam and that no one in India will come to know. Media will be tackled. Matter is over. This is the reality of Modiji,” said Mr Gandhi. Addressing a public meeting in Ghaziabad on Friday, the Prime Minister had charged the previous UPA Governemt as being soft on terror and alleged that after the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, the armed forces wanted to avenge the attacks but were refused permission by the then UPA Government. Attacking the PM over the Rafale deal with the French government, he said, “The Chowkidar spoke for over 1.5 hours in Parliament and he did not mention Anil Ambani even once.”

Attacking the NDA for failure to create jobs, he said, “The prime minister had promised for 2 crore jobs every year and in the night he announced demonetization.” He also charged the government of waiving off of Rs 3.5 lakh crore of 15 industrialists which is equal to the amount allocated to MNREGA for a year.

Enthusing confidence in booth level workers, the Congress chief said, “If we come into power, we will give a minimum income guarantee to all. A minimum income level would be decided and if anyone would get below of it, the government will bear the gap amount.” He was referring to minimum income guarantee scheme and said if the Congress government comes in power it will implement it.

Taking a jibe at the government’s ambitious Make in India scheme, the Congress President said,' the Prime Minister keeps saying Make in India but his shirt, shoes and phone with which he takes selfies are all made in China.'

Accusing the NDA Government of making false promises to the people of the country, he said,’’ Mr Narendra Modi had promised to give jobs to 2 crore people but in the night he announced note ban. Manmohan Singh had said that the country would face a slowdown of 2 per cent:

In Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh , we had said we will not make false promise, we said in the next 10 days we will waive of farm loans and we did it in just 2 days.’’

Charging the BJP of following a divisive policy and spreading hate, Mr Gandhi asked, “the ideologies of Modiji and RSS is of fear and hatred and yours (Congress) is of fearless. Do you want Mahatma Gandhi’s India or Godse’s India?”

Lauding the Congress workers for tirelessly campaigning against the misgovernance and wrong policies of the Narendra Modi Government, Rahul said,’’ If you ask anyone in the country, Chowkidar -- the people will say "Chor hai". It's a charisma of the Congress. It happened because of you all. You all have taken this word to each and every corner in the country.

He urged the party workers to ensure that the Congress wins all the seven seats in Delhi, an indirect assertion that the party would not tie up with the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi party.

'Congress has to win all seven seats in Delhi,'Rahul said.The convention ' Mera booth- Mera Gaurav' which seems to have been brought to counter the BJP govt's 'Mera booth Sabse Mazboot' is believed to be reaping benefits for the Congress party in the upcoming elections.

Earlier, taking a dig at Narendra Modi's 'Mann ki baat' address, Congress spokesperson Ragini Nayak said that people are fed up of listening to one person from the past four years.UNI