New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing a rally in Rajasthan’s Sikar on Friday mocked Congress’ recent claims that six surgical strikes were conducted in the UPA tenures- and said that is such ‘strikes’ are on paper, they could be six, 20 or even 25, it does not matter. Also Read - US Determined To Help India In 'Hour Of Need' Amid COVID-19 Surge, Says Kamala Harris
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Taking a dig at the Opposition now releasing dates and details of such military strikes across the border, the Prime Minister said, ” Jab kagaz par hi karni ho, jab video game mein hi strike karni ho to 6 ho ya 3 ho, 20 hon ya 25 hon, ye jhoote logon ko kya fark padta hai. (When you conduct surgical strikes on paper, it can be three, six, 20 or even 25… it will not matter since it is all lies) Also Read - Chennai: 15 kg Heroin Worth Rs 100 Crore Seized; 2 Tanzanians Arrested
He further wondered aloud how no one got to know to about these strikes, not the terrorists, Indians or even Pakistan. “Congress now claims they carried out 6 surgical strikes. What strikes were these about which the terrorists did not get to know, Pak didn’t know, even Indians didn’t know.. First they mocked, then protested and now they say me too, me too.”
With the BJP highlighting the issue of nationalism in the Lok Sabha elections, the Congress on Thursday said that multiple surgical strikes were carried out during the tenure of Congress-led UPA government.
Giving a sequence of the surgical strikes during its tenure, the party said that on June 19, 2008, a military operation was carried in the Bhattal Sector in Poonch, while during August 30-September 1, 2011, Sharda Sector across Neelam River Valley in Kel (Pakistan-administered Kashmir) was targeted.
On January 6, 2013, a third surgical strike was carried out in which Sawan Patra checkpost in Pakistan was targeted, Surjewala said.
Between July 27 and 28, 2013, military operations were carried out in Nazapir Sector, on August 6, 2013, Neelam Valley was targeted, he added.
With IANS inputs