In yet another scathing attack at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi accused him for using national assets like military and Rafale jets for personal interests. Gandhi claimed that PM Modi first used surgical strike for political capital and then the Rafale deal to increase Anil Ambani’s real capital assets.
Taking it to his official Twitter account on Saturday December 8, Rahul Gandhi took a jibe at Modi calling him ‘Mr 36’.
Spoken like a true soldier General. India is so proud of you. Mr 36 has absolutely no shame in using our military as a personal asset. He used the surgical strikes for political capital and the Rafale deal to increase Anil Ambani’s real capital by 30,000 Cr. #SurgicalStrike https://t.co/IotXWBsIih
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) December 8, 2018
Reacting to his tweet, netizens extended the pun putting in their own interpretations over the use of ‘Mr 36’ in the tweet.
Refering to PM Modi, while some said that Mr 36 is the right name for ‘Mr 56’, some related the number ‘36’ with ’36 Rafale Jet’ deal.
The statements against Modi came a day after Lt General (retired) D S Hooda on Froday had said that “it is not good” when “military operations get politicised”.
Moderating a discussion on the ‘Role of Cross-Border Operations and Surgical Strikes’ at the ongoing Military Literature Festival, Hooda, who was the Northern Army Commander in September 2016 when Indian troops carried out surgical strikes on terror launch pads along the Line of Control in the wake of the Uri attack, said the “overhype” of the strikes did not help.
He said that following the surgical strikes, there were accusations that the issue had been politicised, that there was an “attempt to keep a purely military operation in the political domain by selective leaks of videos, photographs etc”.
Responding to a question from the audience, Hooda said in hindsight, it would have been better had the strikes been done secretly.