Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday defended Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Khoon ki Dalali’ remark, stating that the Congress scion might have thought before making such a statement.

“Don’t know about the Congress, but I share cordial relations with Rahulji. He must have thought before making such a remark,” ANI quoted him as saying.

During a rally in Delhi few days ago, Rahul had launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“Jo hamare jawan hain jinhone apna khoon diya hai, Jammu and Kashmir mein khoon diya hai, jinhone Hindustan ke liye surgical strikes kiye hain, unke khoon ke peeche aap chhupe hain. Unki aap dalali kar rahe ho. Yeh bilkul galat hai . (You [Modi] are hiding behind the blood of soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir and those who carried out the surgical strikes for India. You are exploiting their sacrifices, which is very wrong).”

-With PTI inputs