New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh had it coming when he ended up calling the Pulwama terror attack a durghatna (accident) in a tweet.
First, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar couldn’t help wondering, “Congress ko kya ho gaya hai?” He said, “Desh ki jan bhawna se ek dum ulti baat karte hain, sena ki jankari ko jhutla rahe hain. Aisa kisi lok tantra desh mein nahi hota jahan sena par hi avishwas darshaya jata hai (They always go contrary to the popular sentiment. They are disputing even the defence forces. This doesn’t happen in any democracy that there is distrust towards the defence forces).”
In Ranchi, Minister of State for External Affairs General V K Singh said, “With due respect, I would like to ask Digvijaya Singh Ji, was Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination an accident or a terror incident?”
On Balakot air strike, Singh said the attack was restricted to one place and the target was chosen carefully. It was away from residential areas to avoid civilian casualty.
On being asked his opinion on BJP chief Amit Shah’s remark that 250 people had died in the air strike, Singh said, by way of explanation, “That was based on people who were housed in the buildings which were hit, it’s an estimate. He is not saying this is a confirmed figure, he is saying this many might have died.”
Meanwhile, Digvijaya’s tweet that created the furore was thus: “The air strike conducted in response to Pulwama accident has led to international media raising questions which has put a question mark on the credibility of this Government.”
He also went on to ask, in a series of tweets, how people in the BJP had given a different number as the toll figure for Balakot but PM Modi had continued to stay mum.