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For Sushma Swaraj's Speech At UN, A Barbed 'Thank You' From Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi:  The Congress has expressed appreciation for foreign minister Sushma Swaraj’s tough speech at the United Nations General Assembly last night, which had ripped apart Pakistan. But the party’s response — both from its vice-president Rahul Gandhi and spokesperson Randeep Surjewala and – had contained barbs that targeted the BJP and its leaders.

This morning, a tweet from Mr Gandhi’s official twitter handle read, “Sushma ji, thank you for finally recognising Congress governments’ great vision and legacy of setting up IITs and IIMs”. The reference was to Ms Swaraj’s comment that since Independence, India had focussed on nation-building, whereas Pakistan had only concentrated on exporting terror.

“We set up IITs, IIMs, AIIMS and ISRO. What did Pakistan make? They set up Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Haqqani Network, Hizbul Mujahiddeen,” the minister had said in a 21-minute speech that had taken on Pakistan and its president Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

Mr Gandhi’s jibe was directed at the BJP and its leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who have lost no opportunity to criticise the Congress governance since Independence.

Last night, Mr Surjewala had posted a series of tweets on Ms Swaraj’s speech.

“Thank @SushmaSwaraj ji for stating hard facts about INDIA & Pak at UN.Befitting reply to those who ask what happaned in last 70 years,” he tweeted.

A second tweet carried the sting:

A third asked the government to take action. “Time to move words into action as Pak still receives $743million annual U.S aid,collaborates with China on CPEC & buys arms from Russia,” the tweet read.