New Delhi: Congress on Friday hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his jibe on Congress’s claim of conducting six surgical strikes. Launching a scathing attack, party leader Ahmed Patel alleged the PM of insulting jawans.

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“They wish to win elections anyhow. We never took credit whether it was air strikes or Bangladesh war, credit must go to forces. It’s not Congress’s insult, it’s an insult of jawans,” Patel was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Earlier in the day, while addressing a rally in Rajasthan’s Sikar, PM Modi had mocked Congress’ recent claims that six surgical strikes were conducted in the UPA tenures, saying “such ‘strikes’ are on paper, they could be six, 20 or even 25, it does not matter”.

Taking a dig at the Opposition, 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)

Wondering how no one got to know about these strikes, he said, “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.”

The Congress on Thursday, while giving a sequence of the surgical strikes during its tenure, had 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, it added, claiming that between July 27 and 28, 2013, military operations were carried out in Nazapir Sector, on August 6, 2013, Neelam Valley was targeted.