Kaithal | Jagran News Desk: Union Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday attacked Congress for its remarks on 'Shastra Puja' performed on the first Rafale aircraft acquired by the country.

Addressing a rally in Haryana’s Kaithal, Shah said that the grand old party should ponder over what needs to be criticised and what not.

“Defence Minister Rajnath Singh performed 'Shashtra Puja' of Rafale yesterday in France. But Congress leaders are opposing even this. Is 'Shashtra Puja' not performed on Vijayadashami? I want to tell them think about what should be opposed and what not,” news agency ANI quoted Shah as saying.

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The Home Minister also congratulated PM Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh over India getting its first Rafale fighter jet and said it will strengthen the country's security.

Shah’s statement came after senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge described the ‘Shashtra Puja’ as ‘tamasha’ while Udit Raj said that the day ‘superstition’ ends, India will make such fighter aircraft itself.

Shah also slammed Congress for its stand on the abrogation of Article 370 and said that there was a feeling among people in the country that Jammu and Kashmir was not fully integrated into the Indian Union with Articles 370 and 35A acting as stumbling blocks.

“The Congress party has opposed the surgical strikes, air strike, Triple Talaq Bill and abrogation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir. I want to ask Rahul Gandhi, what has his party done for the state?” said Shah.

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Shah also said the party's rivals for the October 21 assembly elections were perplexed and directionless.

“The election has just started and our rivals are not able to make out if they should begin the campaign from the east, west, north or south. They have no direction,” he said.

He also praised the Manohar Lal Khattar government and said that it does not belong to any particular caste.

Elections in Haryana will be held, along with Maharashtra, on October 21 while the counting of votes will be done on October 24.

(With PTI and ANI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma