New Delhi: Hours after the Congress party claimed that as many as six surgical strikes took place under the Congress-led UPA governments tenure from 2004-2014, the Bhartiya Janata Party hit back refuting their claims and calling out the ‘fraudulent statements’. Also Read - BJP’s ‘Free Vaccine’ Promise For Bihar in Its Poll Manifesto Draws Opposition Fire | All You Need to Know
Congress released a detailed list of six surgical strikes that were conducted during the tenure of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and added that they never used the Indian military’s might or operations for political mileage. Also Read - 19 Lakh Jobs, Free Coronavirus Vaccine: BJP Releases Manifesto For Bihar Assembly Election 2020
Congress leader Rajiv Shukla listed the surgical strikes’ details while addressing a press conference in the national capital. He said, “One was conducted on June 19, 2008 in Bhattal Sector in J&K’s Poonch, one from Aug 30-September 1, 2011 in Sharda Sector across Neelam River Valley in Kel… One surgical strike was carried out on January 6, 2013 at Sawan Patra checkpost; one on July 27 and July 28, 2013 at Nazapir Sector; August 6, 2013 at Neelam Valley; and one on January 14, 2014.” Also Read - DRDO Completes Successful Trial of Nag Anti-tank Missile, Ready For Induction Into Army
To this, BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao, who held a press conference on Thursday, said, “Indian security forces were ready to strike terror buds in Pakistan post the 26/11 Mumbai attacks but the UPA government had then compromised and not given the go-ahead, since they were only concerned with corruption and not national security…”
In addition, Union minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore also fired:
This is not the first time that the Congress party has said that surgical strikes were carried out under the UPA tenures but is indeed the first time that the party has given out details and dates of each military ambush.