Congress criticizes BJP for politicizing Surgical strikes

A day after the footage of Indian Army’s surgical strike from September 2016 was released, on 28 June, the Congress claimed that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was using the sacrifice of soldiers to garner votes.

Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala held a press conference slamming the BJP government. He said that the Modi government was politicising the strikes and was using the surgical strikes for political gains.

“Modi government is exploiting the slogan of ‘Jai Jawan Jai Kisan’ and trying to win votes through Surgical Strike. The nation wants to ask them did Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh boast of the success of Army operations during their tenure, just like them?” he said.

Nearly two years after the Indian Army announced that it carried out surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC) on terror launch pads in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK), video footage of the operation was broadcast by several news channels on Wednesday, 27 June.

Responding to BJP’s attack on Congress for demanding the reliability of the surgical strikes, he said that the Congress was proud of the strikes conducted by the Indian army.

He also added that the UPA government had also conducted surgical strikes during its tenure but never boasted about it. He said several strikes were launched in the last two decades.

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