New Delhi: Targeting Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for raising questions on the 2016 surgical strikes, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, in his series of objectionable comments on the opposition leader talked about latter’s deceased father.
Addressing an election rally in Uttarakhand on Friday, the BJP leader said “Rahul Gandhi wanted proof of the Bipin Rawat-led surgical strike. Did we ever ask proof of which father’s son you are? Who gave you the right to ask for proof from the army? If our soldiers have said they carried out the attack inside Pakistan, that’s final”.
“If our soldiers have said they carried out the attack inside Pakistan, that’s final. Don’t you believe Bipin Rawat or soldiers? Have we ever asked if you are really Rajiv Gandhi’s son or not? So don’t disgrace the soldiers,” Mr Sarma said.
For the unversed, in 2016, the Indian army carried out a surgical strike across the Line of Control in reply to a terror attack in Uri in which 19 soldiers were killed. Several opposition leaders had questioned the operation.
Himanta Biswa Sarma, the incumbent CM of Assam – who resigned from Congress and joined the BJP in 2015, also talked about the hijab row in Karnataka, another BJP-ruled state.
“Colleges and school are for studies and not for fashion shows. We don’t have a problem on what anyone wants to wear. But in schools and colleges they want to wear hijab…tomorrow Hindus will say we want to wear a special dress, Christians will say we want to wear a specific dress,” Mr Sarma said.
For the past few weeks, students in many Karnataka colleges have been protesting against restrictions on wearing the hijab in class, after several Muslim students across various government colleges in the state were banned from entering college premises wearing hijab. Meanwhile, a series of rival protests was also launched by saffron scarf-wearing students, triggering violence that forced the police to fire teargas on campus to control the flare-up.
“Muslim girls have aspirations to become doctors, engineers…Where are you trapping them with your hijab agenda?” Mr Sarma said.
“You can wear hijab in any other place but in schools and colleges only uniforms should be allowed. Uniforms bring equality, love and respect among students. The Congress is saying Muslim girls should not become doctors, engineers but remain busy with the hijab agenda,” he added.