Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, on Thursday, came down heavily on the government for “not mentioning” former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s name “even in the invitation cards” for a function to commemorate India’s win over Pakistan in the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation war. 

Rahul Gandhi said that the government did not mention Indira Gandhi’s name in the function because it is “afraid of the truth”. 

“Today a function was held in Delhi regarding the Bangladesh war. There was no mention of Indira Gandhi in that function. The woman who took 32 bullets for this country, her name was not there in the invitation (card) because this government is afraid of the truth,” Rahul Gandhi said. 

Notably, Indira Gandhi was the Prime Minister of India when India went to war with Pakistan in 1971 over Liberation of Bangladesh (erstwhile East Pakistan). 

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Rahul Gandhi was addressing a rally in Uttarakhand’s capital Dehradun as part of the year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of India’s victory over Pakistan in the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971.  

He further said that India made Pakistan “bow down” in just 13 days only as the country was then united and standing as one. 

“Pakistan bowed its head within 13 days in the 1971 war. Generally, a war is fought for 6 months, 1-2 years. America took 20 years to defeat Taliban in Afghanistan but India made Pakistan lose in 13 days only as India was united and standing as one,” Rahul Gandhi said. 

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