06/10/2016 7:00 PM IST | Updated 06/10/2016 9:03 PM IST

Rahul Gandhi Accuses PM Narendra Modi Of Capitalising On The Sacrifice Of Jawans

"You are hiding behind our jawans."

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Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi, April, 2015. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

In a statement that is bound to trigger a massive controversy, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is capitalising on the sacrifice of the jawans, reports PTI.

"Humare jawan hain jinho ne khoon diya hai,jinho ne surgical strike kiya, unke khoon ke peeche aap (PM) chhupe huye ho. Unki (jawans) aap (PM) dalali kar rahe ho. (You are hiding behind our jawans, who sacrificed their lives, who did the surgical strikes. You are capitalising on their sacrifice)," Gandhi said at a farmer's rally in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday.

Gandhi also blamed Modi of making false promises to the people of the country. "Modi ji promised bank accounts to everyone, but there is no money in those accounts. All his promises were fake," he said.

Two days ago, another Congress leader, Sanjay Nirupam, had called the surgical strikes by the Indian army "fake" and asked for proof of the action. The Congress had then, however, distanced itself from Nirupam's comment.

Gandhi went on to make several other allegations against the prime minister. "Modiji had said he has a 56-inch chest and will fight out corruption, but he instead brought out a 'Fair and Lovely scheme' for turning the black money of the country's thieves into white," he reportedly said.

"The money has not come into the pockets of farmers, labour and small shopkeepers, but went into those of 15 top businessmen. Only Modiji and his friends are happy," Gandhi added.

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