Commenting on the release of Surgical Strike video by Indian Army, former minister Arun Shourie said that it was not good to use the same for propaganda. He added that he never doubted on the genuineness of the strike.
“I never had any doubt on the fact that the strike took place. But to use it for propaganda & to boast about it that 'my chest is 56 inch & I gave a befitting reply to Pakistan', is wrong,” said Arun Shourie to news agency ANI.
“Imagine a situation if strikes would have happened during Atalji's time & people would have asked him, he would had a twinkle in his eye & said 'Really a strike has happened?'" he further said.
Attacking the Congress party on Thursday Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said why there was politics over the valour of the Indian Army? Congress' language was of those who want to divide the country, he said.
“How shameful that the Congress party was first asking for proof of Surgical Strike from the Army and now they are doing politics over it,” he further said.
Hitting back at the Congress party, on Thursday, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Subramanian Swamy questioned that how Surgical Strike video was exploiting people's sentiments in BJP's favour?
“Just because they (Congress) can't produce such videos, because there's none, we shouldn't do it too? How's this exploiting people's sentiments in BJP's favour? If you did it, why did you hide it? It's just like the old saying grapes are sour,” Swamy said, reported news agency ANI.
Congress party on Thursday came out all guns blazing against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government and said the present government was trying to take benefit out of the Surgical Strike by the Army and convert it into a vote bank.
Many Surgical Strikes took place before also, said Congress’ spokesperson Randeep Surjewala adding that the Indian Army has always made country proud.
"Modi govt is exploiting the slogan of 'Jai Jawan Jai Kisan' & trying to win votes through Surgical Strike. The nation wants to ask them did Atal Bihari Vajpayee & Manmohan Singh boast of the success of Army operations during their tenure, just like them?" asked Surjewala.
Talking about unrest in the Kashmir, grand old party’s spokesperson said, “Government has failed in controlling Pakistan sponsored terrorism."
Citing a report, he said, "68 percent weapons of the Army are old and unusable and after Doklam no money was given for modernisation of the Army."
He also alleged discrimination on the part of Modi government towards Indian Army and said, “From past one year, BJP has stopped food supply of the Army and imposed GST on items of the central canteen."
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