BJP President, Amit Shah asked Congress president Rahul Gandhi to clear his party's stand on Sam Pitroda's comments on the Balkot air strike while claiming that Congress had insulted the sacrifice of soldiers while putting a question mark on the nation's security on Saturday.

Taking a dig at the Party, Shah claimed that Congress us is known for its "vote bank" and "appeasement" politics during elections, but Gandhi should answer whether it is above national interest and if such kind of politics can be done over the grief of families of soldiers killed.

According to Shah, a close confidant of the Gandhi family, Sam Pitroda had claimed that the Pulwama terror attack was a "routine" incident carried out by a few people for which Pakistan cannot be blamed.

He had then questioned the surgical strikes and air strikes launched by the Indian armed forces.

Shah asked Gandhi if his party believed that terror incidents that happen in the country have nothing to do with the Pakistan government or Pakistan army.

Shah then added that Congress has a habit of getting away with such controversial statements by calling them individual opinions, but never takes any action against them while many of whom are close to Gandhi.

Shah’s comments come against the light that many BJP leaders including UP CM Yogi Adityanath have expressed several sexist and discriminatory remarks and haven’t been called out for it by the government.  

In the light of the Pulwama attacks, Mr Pitroda, Indian Overseas Congress chief had said that one cannot "jump on entire nation" (Pakistan) just because some people from there "came here and attacked".

He had further added that the attacks happen all the time while referring to the 2008 Mumbai attacks when Congress-led UPA was in power, saying the then government too could have sent its planes but that is "not the right approach".


PM Modi had cited Mr Pitroda's comments to launch an all-out attack against the Congress on the issues of terrorism and national security on Friday.