New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra travelled to a village in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday to pay tribute to two soldiers killed in the Pulwama terror attack.
Along with party general secretary and in-charge of western Uttar Pradesh Jyotiraditya Scindia, Rahul and Priyanka first attended the prayer meeting of CRPF jawan Amit Kumar Kori and later went to Banat village to pay their respects to another jawan Pradeep Kumar.
“My sister said, in a way, the same happened to our father. So we understand the pain in your hearts,” Rahul Gandhi said, addressing family members of one of the soldiers, Amit Kumar Kori.
While consoling the members of the bereaved family, Rahul said that his father and former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi had also met the same fate in 1991.
Priyanka Gandhi spoke to the females of the family and also took their phone numbers.
Calling the Pulwama tragedy an attack on the soul of India, Rahul had said that India was a country of bravehearts and no power in the world could push it backward. “This is one country. This is a country for everyone (of us) and this is a country of love and brotherhood,” he said.
Speaking to the jawan’s family, Rahul said, “We are sad, but at the same time we are proud that a family of this country gave love to its son and educated him. The son gave his love, body and heart to the country. We can never forget this thing.”
Among the CRPF personnel killed in the attack, which was carried out by Jaish-e-Mohammad militant, 12 hailed from Uttar Pradesh, including two from Shamli.