Mumbai, Oct 5: A political slugfest was erupted on Indian Army’s claim that it conducted surgical strike in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, involving the Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Delhi chief minister and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram demanded proof of surgical strike. Taking on Congress and AAP, renowned television journalist Rajdeep Sardesai slammed both the parties for playing politics on the sensitive issue of national security and not showing trust on Indian Army. Rajdeep Sardesai, in his video blog, criticised Arvind Kejriwal and Congress leaders for demanding evidence of surgical strike.
Hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi for surgical strike, Rajdeep Sardesai said, “What had happened in Pathankot and Uri, there was a sense that India needed to redraw the lines of engagement with Pakistan. The Narenrda Modi government set the rules in a way that sent a strong message to Islamabad.” Rajdeep Sardesai slammed AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal and Congress for questioning Modi government on surgical strike. “I am little despondent because the familiar political narrative is taking over,” said Rajdeep Sardesai. (ALSO READ: Discussions on surgical strikes will be insult to Army, says M Venkaiah Naidu)
Taking on Arvind Kejriwal and Congress, Rajdeep Sardesai said, “I would like know why have some AAP and Congress leaders chosen this time to question whether surgical operation took place or not. Why are they asking for video evidence of surgical strike?” “Video evidence of covert operation is not made public as it would involve compromising national security,” said Rajdeep. “This is not the time to undermine the morale of our soldiers,” he added.
Rajdeep Sardesai questioned the demand of providing evidence of surgical strike to Pakistan. The television journalist said that giving evidence to Pakistan is useless as we have been giving dossiers on terrorists but all efforts had gone in vain. Rajdeep Sardesai also criticized the ruling BJP for over-publicizing the military operation. “The Prime Minister calls one side for restraint and yet BJP has cheer leaders of the party who want to use this moment to engage in chest-thumping. They are celebrating as we have won like 1971,” said Rajdeep Sardesai.
In his concluding message, Rajdeep Sardesai urged the government and opposition parties to work together. “This is a moment when the government and opposition have to work in a responsible manner. Let’s put India above politics. Let’s put India above jingoism.” Rajdeep asked political parties to stand by with Indian soldiers who are guarding the borders.