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'Khoon ki Dalali' jibe: Rahul Gandhi says supports surgical strikes, not using India Army for propaganda

New Delhi: After accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of doing "dalali" (trade) over the blood shed by Indian soldiers on Thursday, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today said he was against using Army in political posters by the Bharatiya Janata Party.

He, however, added that he supports surgical strikes along the Line of Control.

"I fully support the surgical strikes and I have said so unequivocally, but I will not support using...the Indian Army in political posters and propaganda all across the country," the Congress leader tweeted.

Yesterday, while addressing a rally at the Jantar Mantar here at the end of his Kisan Yatra across poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, the Congress vice-president said Narendra Modi was taking political mileage from the surgical strikes the Army conducted in Pakistani territory and the sacrifices of soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir.

"Unki dalali kar rahe ho... Yeh bilkul ghalat hai... Hindustan ki sena ne Hindustan ka kaam kiya, aap apna kaam keejiye... (You are trading on them. This is totally wrong... The Indian Army did its job for India, you do your work)," Rahul had said.

On its part, the Bharatiya Janata Party had described Rahul Gandhi as an "immature leader" after his 'khoon ki dalali' comment.

"I am really astonished by the kind of language Rahul Gandhi has used for the Indian Government and the Indian Prime Minister. By saying that the surgical strike and the aftermath was nothing but `khoon ki holi`, he had in fact made the joke out of the martyred brave soldiers and Indian Army," BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said.

Those criticizing Rahul Gandhi's remarks also include Delhi Chief Minister and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal.