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12 Mar 2019

Rahul Gandhi addresses Masood Azhar using "Ji", gets slammed

Rahul Gandhi's Masood Azhar 'Ji' remark invites criticism

Congress President Rahul Gandhi landed himself in a totally unavoidable political row on Monday when he used the suffix "ji" for Masood Azhar, prompting senior BJP leaders to take potshots at him.

Addressing a gathering of Congress workers, Gandhi spoke about the Kandahar crisis of 1999, which forced India, then governed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, to release Azhar.

But his jibe proved expensive.

In context

Rahul Gandhi's Masood Azhar 'Ji' remark invites criticism
Rahul reminded everyone about Kandahar crisis

History

Rahul reminded everyone about Kandahar crisis

Gandhi spoke about the horrendous CRPF attack of February 14. He said the attack, in which 40 soldiers were martyred, was planned by Jaish-e-Mohammed.

He then reminded that JeM's chief Masood Azhar was released almost two decades ago by the then NDA government.

Current NSA Ajit Doval was among those who handed over Azhar in exchange of Indian passengers aboard the hijacked IC-814 flight.

Using Azhar's release, Gandhi targeted BJP

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However, respect he bestowed on terrorist gave BJP an opportunity

But the jibe backfired brutally. Union Minister Smriti Irani, who took on Gandhi in his bastion Amethi in 2014 elections, tweeted: What is common between Rahul Gandhi and Pakistan? Their love for terrorists. Please note Rahul ji's reverence for terrorist Masood Azhar - a testimony to #RahulLovesTerrorists

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad asked, "What is happening in Congress?"

Soon #RahulLovesTerrorists trended on the micro-blogging website.

They fed biryani to terrorists, wrote Yogi Adityanath

BJP leaders slammed Gandhi

Defense

Later, Congress accused BJP of twisting Gandhi's words

Soon, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala blamed BJP and a section of media for twisting the party president's words.

"1) Did NSA Doval not escort & release terrorist Masood Azhar in Kandahar? 2) Did Modiji not invite Pak's rogue ISI to investigate Pathankot terror attack," tweeted Surjewala.

He used the hashtag #BJPLovesTerrorists to turn the heat back on the saffron party.

Congress asked questions to BJP

Battle

Pulwama attack furthered the battle between Congress and BJP

The BJP and Congress have been locked in a verbal battle for days now over the Pulwama attack and IAF strikes.

Earlier, Gandhi shared media report which claimed PM Narendra Modi was shooting for a documentary when the attack happened.

In turn, BJP shared videos of Gandhi's rallies from the day to drive home the point that he isn't concerned about national security.

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What was the Kandahar crisis?

Who approved the release of terrorists?

How is Ajit Doval related to Kandahar crisis?

For how many years was Masood Azhar jailed in India?

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What was the Kandahar crisis?

Asked on 12-03-2019 by Divya Gavde

Answered by NewsBytes

The Kandahar crisis happened in December 1999. Indian Airlines' flight 814 was hijacked by terrorists who demanded the release of Masood Azhar. He was released along with two other terrorists, Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar and Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh.

Who approved the release of terrorists?

Asked on 12-03-2019 by Rakesh Gupta

Answered by NewsBytes

India was ruled by NDA at the time and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee sanctioned the release of terrorists.

How is Ajit Doval related to Kandahar crisis?

Asked on 12-03-2019 by Saanvi Mittal

Answered by NewsBytes

Current NSA Ajit Doval was among those who handed over Masood Azhar to terrorists.

For how many years was Masood Azhar jailed in India?

Asked on 12-03-2019 by Ananya Powar

Answered by NewsBytes

Azhar was arrested in 1994 and released in 1999.

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