Civil society members boycott Sanjay Nirupam’s event, Congress cancels it

"Every Indian wants surgical strikes against Pakistan but not a fake one to extract just political benefit by BJP. politics over national interest(sic)," Nirupam had tweeted.

By: PTI | Mumbai | Published:October 5, 2016 2:03 pm
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Members of a civil society in Mumbai decided to boycott an event on a civic issue organised by Congress’ Mumbai unit in the wake of its chief Sanjay Nirupam calling the Army’s surgical strikes across the LoC as “fake”.

However, the party later cancelled the panel discussion, on alleged “abduction of open spaces” in the city, which was scheduled at Patrakar Bhavan here at 3 PM today. No reason was given for cancelling the event.

The civil society members, including former Central Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi, Anandini Thakur, RTI activist Bhaskar Prabhu and others had yesterday decided to pull out as panelists from the event after Nirupam’s remarks.

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Gandhi, in an e-mail sent to Nirupam yesterday, expressed their decision not to attend the discussion.

“It pains all Indians to hear an Indian national talking in such a manner and providing support to Pakistan’s stand,” he said in the e-mail.

“We found Nirupam questioning the authenticity of the surgical strikes and terming them fake as extremely unwarranted and avoidable. After having consultation with other members of the civil society, we decided to keep ourselves away from the meeting organised by Nirupam,” Gandhi told PTI.

However, he said the civil society members will continue their opposition to the alleged abduction of public open spaces in Mumbai.

The opposition parties as well as members of the civil society are not in favour of the Mumbai civic body’s fresh plan to regulate open spaces in the metropolis, and to raise the issue the city unit of Congress had planned a panel discussion over it later today.

A political slugfest had yesterday erupted over the surgical strikes targeting terror launch pads across the LoC with Nirupam calling them “fake”, provoking stinging criticism from BJP even as his own party said it “totally dissociates” from his remarks.

“Every Indian wants surgical strikes against Pakistan but not a fake one to extract just political benefit by BJP. politics over national interest(sic),” Nirupam had tweeted.

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    abhishe
    Oct 6, 2016 at 10:04 am
    Sajidbhai this government had the decision power to take such decision so we have to apploaud army first for sure but BJP also should be. It is not for policits it is for India please understanda that if you are a true indian
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    Priyank
    Oct 5, 2016 at 9:19 am
    Scamgress party leaders themselves are helping in making scamgress mukt Bharat a reality.
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    Navin D.
    Oct 5, 2016 at 9:35 am
    How pathetic, that an elite member of a party, who had national presence some time back, but its fortunes have dwindled perennially, have not learned its lesson well, they indulge in such adventurism, only due to the fear that our Army's action under NDA govt. will further erode their political chances, so, the only opportunity available for them is to find fault with our Army, what a shame, Sanjay Nirupam, as for as Arvind Kejriwal is concerned, his TRP is fast slipping down, because there is absolutely no good governance in Delhi, all his tall claims have fallen flat, and he loves to be in news, even if it is for all the wrong reasons.
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    muru
    Oct 5, 2016 at 9:24 am
    Salute to CIVIL SOCIETY MEMBERS. JAI HIND , JAI JAWAN, VANDE MATARAM.
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    Sajid
    Oct 5, 2016 at 12:21 pm
    Surgical Strike is good news, but since BJP is making political gain to it for UP Election, peoples suspect if it is a Fake Surgical Strike.lt;br/gt;Surgical Strike is done by our Brave Army and not BJP, but Media has made Modi the Commander of Surgical Strike hence peoples are asking proof of It....lt;br/gt;Our Army is putting their Like in Risk so we can Sleep happy, but BJP is using them Political gain....Sad
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    Reddy
    Oct 6, 2016 at 8:46 am
    But the govt also have role to play in that no, obtusely any govt would not miss the opportunity
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