Rahul Gandhi fires fresh salvo over LAC standoff

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NEW DELHI: Congress MP

Rahul Gandhi

continued to attack the Centre over its “silence” on the border stand-off with China, a day after he and Rajnath Singh indulged in a war of couplets on Twitter.
“Once RM (Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh) is done commenting on the hand symbol, can he answer: Have the Chinese occupied Indian territory in Ladakh?” Rahul tweeted on Tuesday, while referring to Singh’s earlier dig, where the defence minister had taken a swipe at the Congress by tweeting a tweaked version of an Urdu poet’s couplet.
Earlier, Rahul had targeted home minister

Amit Shah

over his statement in a virtual rally about the surgical strike against


after the terror attacks in Uri and


. He had tweeted Shah’s statement and written, “Sabko malum hai ‘seema’ ki haqeeqat lekin, dil ke khush rakhne ko ‘shah-yad’ ye khayal achha hai (Everyone knows the truth regarding the border, but to keep the heart happy, maybe this lie is better).”
Shah, while addressing a virtual rally for


, had said the surgical strike showed “India’s defence policy was strong and the country knows how to protect its borders”.
Singh replied to Rahul by tweeting another swipe at the Congress by using its “hand symbol”. “Haath mein dard ho toh dava keeje, haath hi jab dard ho to kya keeje (If the hand pains, treat it, but what if the hand is the pain?)” he wrote. Singh attributed the quote to Ghalib, but it was written by Manzar Lakhnavi. Singh had replaced ‘heart’ in the original with ‘hand’.

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