New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former chief of Army Staff V K Singh on Saturday came down heavily upon Congress’s claim that six surgical strikes were carried out during UPA’S tenure. The BJP’s candidate from Ghaziabad said that the “Congress has a habit of lying” and that it must have “hired some Coupta to invent another story”. Also Read - Police Denies Permission To JP Nadda's 'Poriborton Yatra' in Bengal' Barrackpore, BJP Says Will Move Court
V K Singh took to Twitter and said, “Congress has a habit of lying. Will you please let me know which ‘So-called Surgical Strike’ are you attributing to my tenure as COAS. Am sure you must have hired some Coupta to invent another story.” Also Read - BJP Calls for 12-Hour Shutdown in Kerala's Alappuzha Today After RSS Worker Killed in Clash with SDPI
Notably, the Congress party on Thursday declared that as many as ‘six surgical strikes‘ were conducted during the tenure of Manmohan Singh-led UPA governments starting from the one in 2008 in the Bhattal sector in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch. 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.”
The Congress has repeatedly accused the BJP of politicising anti-terror strike, which was conducted on Pakistan’s soil, in retaliation to the Pulwama attack where 40 Indian CRPF personnel were killed.