New Delhi: The Congress on Saturday lambasted BJP President Amit Shah seeking apology of Rahul Gandhi for Sam Pitroda questioning the toll of terrorists in the air strikes on Balakot in Pakistan. “If Chor becomes Chowkidar, then why should Rahul apologise. Apology must come from Chor,” senior Congress leader and former Union minister Kapil Sibal asserted at a Press meet at the AICC headquarters in New Delhi on Saturday.
He pointed out the Congress never asked how many were killed in the air strikes. “Only when Amit Shah claimed 250 were killed and a minister said 300 and another said 500; then we asked what is the correct figure.” Sibal said: “What an irony that one who says 250 becomes desh-bhakt (patriot). If we ask a question, we become traitors!” He said the BJP gave political colour to the air strikes and it were Modi who was addressing a public meeting when the CRPF jawans became martyrs in Pulwama. The jawans were being killed daily on the borders, but this Chowkidar was sleeping. He gave eight other instances besides Pulwama when the soldiers were killed.
three security personnel killed in Kathua in March 2015, five in Gurdaspur in July 2015, nine in Pathankot in January 2016, 11 in Pampore in June and December 2016, 18 in Uri in September 2016, one in Baramulla in October 2016, and four in Sanjuwan. More than 60 security men have been martyred since Pulwama attack, he underlined. Sibal went into mythology to point out some say God Vishnu had 24 Avatars (forms) and wanted to know from PM Modi as to how many he has as one day he becomes chai-wala, another day mazdoor, yet another day with 56-inch chest, Pradhan sevak and Fakir and so on with the latest avatar of the chowkidar.
“You forgot chai-wala, mazdoori you do in aeroplanes, none felt 56-inch chest, pradhan sevak serving himself and we can see his fakiri every day. Accept that you are a chowkidar but whose and why catch all to declare main bhi chowkidar,” he asked. Sibal said he certainly agrees Modi certainly did chowkidari of Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi, Vijay Mallya, Rafale documents, own and Smriti Irani’s degrees, Amit Shah in Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter, D G Vanzara an N K Amin in Ishrat Jahan fake encounter, Swami Aseemanand and five others in Mecca Masjid blast case, Maya Kodnani in Naroda Ptiya Massacre and Swami Aseemanand and three others in Samjhauta express case.
He went on to point out that this chowkidar has been only guarding lies, delayed constitution of Lokpal to protect the thieves, survey of jobs created under Mudra scheme, preventing release of NSSO report on unemployment and the National Crimes Record Bureau’s “Crime in India” report for 2017 and 2018.