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Modi removed BC Khanduri from parliamentary committee for asking questions on national security: Rahul

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As joined the here on Saturday, rubbed it in by saying the new entrant's father B C Khanduri had not been given his due by the and had been removed from the chairmanship of a for asking questions on security.

Addressing a rally here in Uttarakhand, Gandhi also targeted Narendra Modi, claiming that he was busy filming in Jim Corbett Park when the nation was mourning the death of 40 CRPF personnel in the ghastly Pulwama terror attack on February 14.

Gandhi spoke about the contribution of the people of Uttarakhand towards the country's security by serving in the armed forces and paramilitary forces.

In this context, he spoke about B C Khanduri, a native of Uttarakhand who retired from the as before joining the

"He (BC Khanduri) gave all his life to But when he asked a question on security in Parliament and spoke the truth that the government is not helping the the way it should, he was removed from the Chairmanship of that (Parliamentary Standing) Committee (on Defence)," Gandhi said.

B C Khanduri, a member of the who served as Minister of Uttarakhand twice from 2007 to 2009 and from 2011 to 2012, was removed from the post of of the Parliamentary Standing in September last year.

Gandhi's comments came shortly after B C Khanduri's son joined the party.

Attacking Modi, Gandhi accused him of not giving the Pulwama terror attack its due importance.

"While I cancelled all my engagements after the Pulwama attack, Modi ji was busy filming in Jim Corbett Park," the said.

Remembering the CRPF personnel killed in the Pulwama attack, Gandhi said, "I will meet the families of the (deceased) men in the state. Congress has made it clear that it stands with the government and the nation after the attack."

Mocking over the fighter jet deal issue, the Congress said, "If you give him (Anil Ambani) a paper, he will not be able to make even a paper plane. It is the HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited) which makes fighter jets and the MiG (aircraft), which shot the jet, is maintained by the HAL."

He said, "The had given a contract to HAL for making the fighter jets, making its terms clear about manufacturing in This was the biggest defence contract of the world. (But) when Modi became the Prime Minister, was part of his delegation to France, and within days, HAL was sidelined."

Gandhi also claimed that the then "clearly says I don't know anything about it. The Rs 526 crore aircraft was bought at Rs 1600 crore."

The Congress added that Modi was unable to speak in Parliament when he asked him about the deal and had "no guts" to make eye contact with him because "chowkidar chor hai" (the is the thief).

Gandhi was campaigning for the forthcoming elections scheduled to start from April 11. Counting of votes will take place on May 23.

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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 16:31 IST