New Delhi: Modi government’s false claims of surgical strikes in Azad Kashmir have given rise to a fierce political debate in India.Congress and other opposition parties have demanded proofs of the strikes which has created tension for the Modi government.
After Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Congress has also asked for evidences of the strikes.Congress head in Mumbai Sanjay Neerupam said that surgical strikes across the Line of Control are “fake” unless the government offers proof.Congress member and former home minister P Chidambaram argued that the demand for a proof was expected after the government went public with the strikes.
He also claimed that General Bikram Singh confirmed a surgical strike against Pakistan in 2013.Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that it’s time for the government to make the evidence public.Asserting that there is “no question of any doubt” about the strikes, Surjewala said: “We would like to urge the PM to stop politicising the bravery of Indian soldiers for myopic political gain.”
Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh also echoed his views. “Our credibility is at stake Modiji/(national security adviser Ajit) Dovalji. Release video footage immediately,” he tweeted.Congress head in Punjab Amarinder Singh said that BJP is using surgical strikes for political gains.
The government should tell whether they are going for war with Pakistan as the villages are being evacuated forcibly, he added.Another Congress leader Sheila Dikshit has written a letter to Manmohan Singh asking him to aware the public of the details of surgical strikes during his rule.
On the other hand, BJP’s Ravi Shankar Prasad lashed out at the opposition for demanding proofs and questioned that whether Congress has any doubt on the bravery and skills of its army.He said that Arvind Kejriwal shouldn’t have support Pakistan’s statement regarding surgical strikes.
BJP’s minister Uma Bharti said those leaders casting any doubt on the army’s surgical strikes across the LoC should take “citizenship” of Pakistan.Meanwhile, Arvind Kejriwal came under an ink attack after he demanded proofs. According to Indian media, both the men have been arrested.
The Delhi CM tweeted after the ink attack saying: “God bless those who threw ink at me.”Criticized for the comment, he later clarified, “I’m not saying you release all video footage, I don’t think so either… as it may not be in the interest of national security… but there is a need to show some proof.”
The Indian Airforce is also in bewilderment as the head restricted journalists from asking questions regarding the surgical strikes.