BJP accuses Congress, AAP of questioning surgical strikes

An army person takes position and moves towards the site where militants were hiding  Photo-PTI

An army person takes position and moves towards the site where militants were hiding

Accusing Congress party’s senior leader P Chidambaram and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of “questioning” the surgical strikes in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) last week, the ruling BJP asked them to come clean on their remarks.

While “saluting” PM Modi for the surgical strikes against terror camps in Pakistan, Kejriwal had on Monday urged the Centre to expose Pakistan’s false propaganda over the surgical strikes.

His remarks have thus far been used by Pakistan media to build on the propaganda denying surgical strikes on the terrorist camps in the PoK. Strongly reacting to the developments, the BJP criticised Arvind Kejriwal asking him to keep politics aside in this matter.

“Arvind Kejriwal, you are in the headlines of Pakistani newspapers. Do you know it? At a time when the whole nation is speaking in one voice, a chief minister has said something that has given Pakistani media and people a chance to question India Army action,” Union minister Ravishankar Prasad said addressing the press at BJP headquarters in New Delhi.

Congress leader P Chidambaram in Parliament. Photo-PTI

Congress leader P Chidambaram in Parliament.

“Politics is different but nothing should be said that demoralises our army and makes it feel humiliated,” Prasad said.

Earlier on Monday, in a video clip released by his party, Arvind Kejriwal had said, “since the last two days, Pakistan is taking international journalists to the border and trying to show that surgical strikes never took place… Two days back, the United Nations gave a statement that there was no such activity on the border.”

“I appeal to the Prime Minister that the way he and the Army taught Pakistan a lesson on ground, he should also unmask the propaganda by Pakistan at international level,” the Delhi CM added.

The ruling party also criticised senior Congress leader and former Union minister P Chidambaram, citing his remarks on the surgical strikes.

“Is this the Congress view as well?” Prasad asked adding, “We ask Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi to come clean on this.”

In retaliation to the Uri terror attack, Indian army had carried out ‘surgical strikes’ against terrorist camps across the LoC last week. The strikes inflicted severe damage to the terror camps, which is believed to have a backing of Pakistan establishment.