Surgical strikes: Avoid ‘chest thumping’, says BJP to its leaders

The BJP leadership is learnt to have quietly told its leaders to refrain from “chest thumping” and wait and watch for some more time before drawing political mileage from the operation.

Written by Liz Mathew | New Delhi | Updated: October 1, 2016 5:20 am
bjp, surgical strike, india pakistan, indo pak, india pakistan border, indo pak border, surgical strikes pakistan, india terrorism, pakistan terrorism, bjp government, india news BJP chief Amit Shah and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had met senior spokespersons for the BJP Thursday evening and asked them to be careful in their reactions and statements during television debates. (Source: File)

Unsure about the immediate reaction from the “other side and sleeper cells” to the surgical strikes carried out by the Army, the BJP leadership is learnt to have quietly told its leaders to refrain from “chest thumping” and wait and watch for some more time before drawing political mileage from the operation.

However, there is near unanimity within the party leadership that the “highly successful” strikes will translate into massive vote swing in favour of the saffron party in the next year’s Assembly elections. “These are still early days and some reaction can happen from the other side and sleeper cells of various Pakistan-sponsored terrorist organisations. That is why we have asked leaders not to make a big issue of the highly-successful strikes,” said a senior BJP leader.

BJP chief Amit Shah and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had met senior spokespersons for the BJP Thursday evening and asked them to be careful in their reactions and statements during television debates. “The leaders have been told that no chest thumping is allowed. They were told that the Prime Minister was very clear about it, because we are not sure how the reaction from the other side is going to be,” said another party leader.

Asked if the party would benefit politically from the strikes, the leader replied in the affirmative. “Most definitely. Everybody knows now what a strong leader can do. We will certainly talk about these strikes and PM Modi’s leadership at election rallies in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Goa. But, for the moment, we will wait and watch,” he said. “Because, as of now, we have to deal it as a national issue. How much we can translate it into votes can be seen later. We will have benefits. Why should we deny it,” he added.

Officially, party spokespersons maintained that the strikes were for “national security”. BJP national secretary Sidharth Nath Singh said: “We do not want to link it with any political mileage nor with elections. It was for national security.”

BJP is gearing up for a fierce fight in politically crucial Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Punjab, which go to polls early in 2017. Party leaders admitted that the strikes would become a political issue later. “People expected Modi to do so. Otherwise what does 56” chest means?” asked a party leader.

BJP leaders pointed out that Shah, who was expected to speak to TV channels about the strike Thursday, dropped the idea later. The PM also did not issue any statement on it.

However, BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said the entire country is celebrating the “surgical strikes”. “We have hit them so badly that they are not even able to shed tears,” he said.

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    SubbuI
    Oct 1, 2016 at 5:05 am
    HALLO MR JAATLY JI . IT IS TOO LATE INSTEUCTION FROM YOU. FOR LAST 4-5 DAYs SINCE THE SO CALLED SURGICAL STRIKE PLANNED FOR 10 DAYS SEALED AND DELIVERED IS THE ONLY THING ALL PERSONS CONNECTED WITH BJP SO lt;br/gt;NATURALLY WITH RSS INCLUDING THIS AMIT SHAH ARE TALKING.BOASING. BACK PATTING. ABUSING PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT SPECIALLY MAN MOHAN SINGH,CHEST THUMBING. BAND BARAAT JULOOSE. BURSTING CRACKERS. COLLECTING DONATION TO SEND TO THE MARTYRES ( paid 500/- by too much of pestering by local party volunteers). lt;br/gt;THOUGH THE HIT AND RUN SWIFT ACTION BY OUR ARMY FOR 4 HOURS IS APPRICIATED BY ONE AND ALL . THESE BAKTHS MAKE MERRY OF IT AND DID ENOUGH PROPAA IN VIEW OF COMING EKECTIONlt;br/gt;HAR HAR MODI.GHAR GHAR MODI.SURVEER MODI, JAI JAI MODI
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    Mathurwa
    Oct 1, 2016 at 4:51 am
    Indian TV channels are not chest thumping about another neat surgical operation against aam aadmi. Read news lt;br/gt;Interest rates on small savings schemes have been reduced marginally by 0.1 per cent for the October-December quarter of 2016-17, leading to lower returns on Public Provident Fund, Kisan Vikas Patra, nya Samriddhi Account, among others.lt;br/gt;The por Public Provident Fund will fetch interest rate of 8 per cent in the third quarter of the current fiscal as against 8.1 per cent in the previous three-months period.lt;br/gt;Interest rate on Kisan Vikas Patra has been brought down to 7.7 per cent from 7.8 per cent. As a result the KVP will now mature in 112 months instead of 110 months.
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    Mathura
    Oct 1, 2016 at 3:18 am
    paid Chest thumper trolls are real problem / tension creators like the two commentators and others who think that this act will give poll advantage as if the act was done with a view of incoming polls in punjab etc.
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    Dr Kusuma
    Oct 1, 2016 at 5:38 am
    Yes true. Modi has kept his promise and his pority is highest now. I am sure bjp will do well in all elections and take India to greater heights
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    chirag
    Oct 1, 2016 at 7:10 am
    seems Inidan Express is very nervous on the surgical strikes carried out and that Modiji is PM... Even at this time ther are worried about politics...
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    G. M.
    Oct 1, 2016 at 3:39 am
    Wonder! There are people in top of BJP leadership to caution and advise 'party band' to be quiet at least for some time. Blessed!lt;br/gt;The Drumming and Chest Beating implying, or as if it is a 4 hr. War won in in one night, and stan back into Bharat and pease restored. They were in their Paradise ( of people ).
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    Afridi
    Oct 1, 2016 at 7:53 am
    Ah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! just khyali pullao, My dear, Indian can't dare of Surgical Strikes got it, because, wrong person can never get this step, because your govt create propea like URHI, when the Urhi attack started Indian started that beyond this attack stan is involved, it means that was self made incident. stan can never be take step to attack India, becasue we just believe in peace not war. so please when you can never launch strike attack then why your govt crying and started congratualtions to each other hahahahahahaah, we are Muslims and Muslims are always ready for martyred but not to killed innocent people weather they are Indian or stani we love humanity. we just defence not attack. so please if you have prove then show otherwise don't laugh on your defeat please
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    khan
    Oct 1, 2016 at 9:12 am
    Agreed, an rubbing would be more in order after the swift kick in the from the stan forces
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