Prime Minister Narendra Modi has firmly cautioned his Cabinet colleagues against creating hysteria over the military action against terror launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC). He is understood to have conveyed his view during the cabinet meeting in the capital on Wednesday.
This has come amid the raging debate over surgical strikes, launched by the Army’s special unit last week which had inflicted heavy damages in the Pakistan-backed terror infrastructure across the LoC.
While parties across the spectrum had backed the government move, there has been sudden debate on the surgical strikes with especially Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Congress party asking the Centre to go public with the evidence in order to what they claim “calling Pakistan’s bluff”.
Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam had on Tuesday went to the extent of terming the strikes as “fake”, the remarks which eventually drew rebuke from his own party. However, that has not put an end to the debate.
During the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, the Prime Minister is understood to have told his ministerial colleagues that only authorised people should speak on the issue of surgical strikes and one should avoid speaking out-of-turn, sources said.
The issue accentuated yesterday with Congress party seeking to claim credit on the surgical strikes during its rule at the Centre, even as it criticised some of the ruling party’s members, accusing them of politicising surgical strikes for electoral ends.
“In a serious and challenging situation where Pakistan continues to export terror, like (the attack) in Baramulla, and commit ceasefire violations, we will like to ask Prime Minister, if the immature and casual statements being made by Parriker and other Union ministers have his sanction and support,” Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala had said at press conference Tuesday.
Earlier Sanjay Nirupam raked up the controversy terming the strikes as “fake”, even accusing the ruling BJP of indulging in politics over national interest.
“The way BJP was indulging in politics, putting up banners and taking credit gives a view whether such strikes did happen,” he said.
But even before Nirupam and Congress party, it was Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s remarks urging the Centre to expose Pakistan’s false propaganda over the surgical strikes that had led to the controversy. Kejriwal’s remarks were used by Pakistan media to build on the propaganda denying surgical strikes on the terrorist camps in the PoK.
Strongly reacting to the developments, 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.
(With inputs from the PTI)