‘Cong should clarify whether it approves of surgical strikes’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 Jun 2018 09:12:24



THE BJP on Thursday accused the Congress of questioning the commitment and courage of the Armed Forces and lowering its morale, asserting that it is no longer a mainstream party but a fringe player.

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also rejected the Congress’ allegation that the Narendra Modi Government is politicising the surgical strikes, saying if the BJP wanted to draw political mileage then a video purportedly showing the Army’s operation in PoK would have been released during the polls in States like Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat or Karnataka. He said the Army officers connected with the surgical strikes, which were carried out in 2016, have confirmed the video’s authenticity. Questions like why the video was released now and where it came from are not relevant, Prasad said and asked Opposition party to answer if it considers the video real or not and approves of the surgical strikes or not.

Cong should realise mistake of doubting Armed Forces: Parrikar: Hours after TV channels aired footage of the September 2016 surgical strikes, the then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday said the Congress should realise their “mistake” of casting aspersions on the action of the Indian Armed Forces.

The rebuttal from Parrikar, now Goa CM, came after Congress on Wednesday accused the Modi Government and the BJP of politicising the surgical strikes after a video of the same was released.


Cong accuses Modi Govt of politicising surgical strikes


THE Congress on Thursday accused the Modi Government and the BJP of politicising the September 2016 surgical strikes after a video of the same was released and said the blood and sacrifice of the country’s brave soldiers cannot be a political vote garnering tool for them.

Addressing a press conference, Congress Chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala charged that while on the one hand the Modi Government is seeking credit for the sacrifice and valour of the armed forces, on the other it has failed to provide direction and vision to deal with Pakistan .
He also accused the Government of meting out “step-motherly treatment” to the armed forces by not providing them with State-of-the-art equipment and slashing their budgetary allocation.