Rajnath takes veiled dig at Rahul, calls for restraint

Jaisalmer (Rajasthan), Oct 7 (IANS) In a veiled dig at Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi over his remarks on politicisation of surgical strikes, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said the country should be united and people from all walks of life should exercise restraint.

Responding to queries on remarks of Gandhi at a rally in Delhi in which he accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of doing “dalali” (profiteering) over the blood shed by Indian soldiers, he said the entire country should unitedly stand behind the defence forces.

Noting tensions have risen between India and Pakistan, Rajnath Singh said: “When the country is faced with a big challenge the entire country should be united in that fight.

“There is no doubt that tension between India and Pakistan has risen and in such a scenario all the countrymen should united stand behind the armed forces and have faith in them.

“People from all walks must exercise restraint. The country should stand united with our armed forces.”

Singh, had on Friday, held a high level meet with representatives of fours states – Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir – that share border with Pakistan and Border Security Force (BSF) and other security officials.

Tension has heightened with Pakistan since the September 18 terror attack on an Indian Army camp at Jammu & Kashmir’s Uri and consequent surgical strikes by Indian Army on terror launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC).