It is election time in India and what better way to tell this than the oldest political rivals of the country, BJP and Congress, mocking each other over who is more respectful towards terrorists! Well, the war of words began with Congress president Rahul Gandhi's reference to Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as "Masood Azhar Ji" while speaking to his party members in New Delhi on Monday.
As national security took the centre stage in the elections, Rahul Gandhi was reminding Congress workers that Masood Azhar was released during the Indian Airlines plane hijacking in 1999. "Those people with 56-inch chest should recall that it was the current National Security Adviser, Ajit Doval, who escorted Masood Azhar Ji to Kandahar and went in an aircraft with him to free him," Gandhi said.
He added that Masood Azhar, who was freed by the then Vajpayee-led BJP government, was responsible for the Pulwama terror attack that led to the killing of 40 CRPF personnel.
Congress, BJP train guns at each other on Twitter
Soon after Rahul Gandhi's reference to JeM chief as "Masood Azhar Ji", senior Union ministers from BJP, including Ravi Shankar Prasad and Smriti Irani, attacked the Congress chief on Twitter calling his party as "sympathiser of terrorists".
— BJP (@BJP4India) March 11, 2019
Ravi Shankar Prasad tweeted that Congress has a habit of referring to terrorists with utmost respect and reminded them of their earlier slips of the tongue when they referred to Lashkar-e- Taiba chief Hafiz saeed as "Hafiz saeed Sahab."
Come on "Rahul Gandhi Ji"! Earlier it were the likes of Digvijay Ji who called "Osama Ji" and "Hafiz Saeed Sahab". Now you are saying "Masood Azhar Ji". What is happening to Congress Party? pic.twitter.com/fIB4FoOFOh — Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) March 11, 2019
Smriti Irani told ANI that the nation is surprised why Congress chief Rahul Gandhi is showering respect on terorists who were responsible for the killing of 40 soldiers.
What is common between Rahul Gandhi and Pakistan?
Their love for terrorists.
— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) March 11, 2019
Congress seemed to be in no mood to hold back and soon posted videos of Ravi Shankar Prasad, BJP chief spokesperson Sambit Patra and former Union minister Murli Manohar Joshi calling India's most wanted terrorists as "jee or sahab".
Congress and BJP workers are working overtime now to trend hastags like #MasoodAzharJi , #HafizJi, #BJPlovesterrorists on Twitter.
Hope this finds pride of place in BJP's revamped website,as& when it returns. BJP's admiration of Hafeez Saeed&his ilk. Also reminds us how they sent their special emissary to Pak,Ved P Vaidik, to have a dialogue with him&hug him. Hugplomacy began from there. #BJPLovesTerrorists pic.twitter.com/A75LHFg1eG — Priyanka Chaturvedi (@priyankac19) March 12, 2019
Stupid BJP,do you know What is common between you and Pakistan?
Their love for terrorists.
— Deepak singh (@Deepaksmg18121) March 12, 2019