Mumbai: Throwing weight behind the Opposition chorus for proof of India’s ‘pre-emptive air strikes’ across terror buds in Pakistan, BJP’s ally Shiv Sena on Tuesday said that it was the right of citizens to know about the number of casualties. Also Read - Maharashtra To Impose Complete Lockdown Amid Soaring COVID Cases, Announcement Tomorrow
In its party mouthpiece ‘Saamna’, an editorial said that it was every Indian citizen’s right to know about the number of terrorists killed in the air strikes on Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camps- while adding that revealing such information would not lower the morale of armed forces. Also Read - Maharashtra Comes Under Curfew-Like Curbs, Over 2 Lakh Cops Deployed To Enforce Restrictions
“Citizens of the country have the right to know what and how much harm has been caused to the enemy by the defence forces. We do not think the morale of our forces is being lowered by asking for it,” it said. Also Read - Kangana Ranaut Reacts to Anil Deshmukh's Resignation, Warns 'Yeh Toh Sirf Shuruat Hai'
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The Indian Air Force (IAF) jets on February 26 pounded JeM’s biggest training camp in Balakot in Pakistan and two other in PoK- in retaliation to the terror outfit’s strike in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district that killed 40 CRPF personnel.
While the government has so far not given any official figure of the casualties in the air strikes, some opposition parties have been asking for a proof of it.
Referring to it, the Sena said, “Where did the 300-kg RDX used in Pulwama attack come from? How many terrorists were killed in our strikes on terror camps? Discussions over these will happen till the last days of polls because before the Pulwama attack, inflation, unemployment and Rafale jet deal were the burning issues for the Opposition.”
The Modi government’s “bomb” has fallen over these issues, it said in sarcastic remarks.
Issues like the construction of Ram temple, Article 370 and those raised by farmers have “turned to ashes”, said the Uddhav Thackeray-led party, which is an ally of the BJP at the Centre and in Maharashtra.
With inputs from PTI