Congress backs Govt, asks for proof, says we struck too

Digvijaya Singh asked the government to “release video footage” of the strikes and told PM Modi and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval that “our credibility is at stake.”

Written by Manoj C G | New Delhi | Updated: October 10, 2016 5:32 pm
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HOURS after the Army announced surgical strikes in PoK on September 29, Congress president Sonia Gandhi said that the party “stands with the government in its actions to protect our country’s security” and that the strikes were a “strong message” to Pakistan.

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Over the last 48 hours, however, the party has departed from that position.

Its leaders scrambled Tuesday to respond to what they called the BJP’s “myopic” politics of triumphalism: they asked the government for “substantive proof” of the strikes and went on to say that the UPA had struck Pakistan, too. Different party leaders mentioned different years.

Quoting a report, “Indian lies exposed all over the world,” in Pak newspaper The News, AICC General Secretary Digvijaya Singh asked the government to promptly “release video footage” of the strikes and told Prime Minister Narendra Modi and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval that “our credibility is at stake.”

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Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam joined in saying that “every Indian wants surgical strikes against Pakistan but not a fake one to extract just political benefit by BJP.”

Nirupam toned down his statement after the high command is said to have expressed displeasure. Talking to The Indian Express later, Nirupam said: “The Congress fully backed the surgical strikes… we were with the Government. But there have been two developments. First, the BJP politicized the issue to address its domestic audience. Secondly, along with Pakistan, international agencies and media started raising questions. In such a situation, we will have to give an answer to Pakistan, which has raised questions…If you don’t reply, it will be considered as fake.”

WATCH VIDEO: Surgical Strikes: Eyewitnesses’ Accounts Validate India’s Claim Of A Lethal Strike

Nirupam disagreed with Singh saying he didn’t want all the video footage to be released. “That will not be not in the interest of national security…at the same time, you must provide some substantive proof to expose and reply to Pak propaganda which is becoming dominant…They are the ones who had demanded 10 heads for one Indian head…Where are the heads?”

Hours later, Congress communication department chief Randeep Surjewala summoned a press conference to try and clear the air. But the confusion only deepened.

Surjewala said the “Congress party does not agree with the statement made by Sanjay Nirupam. We have taken serious note of the same.” He then effectively contradicted himself by echoing what Nirupam had said: “(The) Government, however, needs to call the Pakistani bluff and false propaganda by using all information, evidence and instruments at the disposal of Indian state.”

Surjewala asked the government to “stop politicising” the surgical strikes and then, ironically, added that Thursday’s was “neither the first nor will it be the last surgical strike” conducted by the armed forces.

He went on to give out three dates from UPA II on which the Army had conducted similar strikes, September 1, 2011; July 28, 2013 and January 1, 2014, when he said Indian forces had given “a befitting reply to the enemy.”

Even as he revealed these dates, he talked about the UPA’s “maturity” and “wisdom” that, “in the interest of national security” it had chosen not to make a “loud claim”.

Former Lok Sabha MP Sandeep Dikshit, meanwhile, said the Congress never backed the government.

Talking to The Indian Express, he said “We are not supporting the Government, we are supporting the defence forces…There is a substantial difference between supporting the government and supporting the Army. I don’t think anybody in the party is saying that they are supporting the Government…I don’t think that is correct because the Government has failed in its policy both towards Pakistan and towards Kashmir.”

Surjewala’s revelation of the dates came after former Finance Minister P Chidambaram said that India had conducted a strike in 2013 and that the UPA government chose not to go public “in keeping with its policy of strategic restraint”. Senior leader Anand Sharma went a step further saying the Army had taken action in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013 but the then government chose not to take “political ownership” for those actions.

Dikshit wanted the former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Cabinet Committee on Security members to tell the country that “what is happening today is something that India has been doing all along.” He said the UPA leadership did not publicise those actions because of “some out-dated sense of decency and national interest” and the UPA leadership should make amends now because “it is important for the dignity and honour of the Congress because we are called cowards, ineffective and soft on Pakistan.”

AICC General Secretary Gurudas Kamat, meanwhile, chose to settle old scores. “Congress President Sonia Gandhi and VP Rahul Gandhi had complimented the Indian Army and the government for surgical strikes against Pakistan. No one else in Congress should abuse their positions to embarrass the party and the country,” he said. The rivalry between Kamat, a Mumbai Congress strongman, and Nirupam is well-known.

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    Murti
    Oct 5, 2016 at 3:21 am
    Such a political situation really saddens me. Those who are crying from the rooftops should believe their Armed Forces and even if they want to see evidence then at least not in press conference.
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      Sreeni
      Oct 5, 2016 at 1:56 am
      One party don't have any shame to go to any extent to save their face. It never out they have done any thing like this before and once they sensed the pority of surgical strikes it's claiming now. Sorry for you and shame on you.
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        SubbuI
        Oct 5, 2016 at 4:52 am
        STINKING INDIA IS STINKING MORE NOW. DALITS HAD STOPED LIFTINND DEAD ANIMALS. THANKS TO GAU VIGILANTICS. NOW FEKU HAVE TO DO A WELL PUBLICESED SURGICAL OPERATION WITH OUT ANEASTHESTIC DOSE. lt;br/gt;WE WANTED THE FEKU BAKTHS AND PAID TROLLERS OF BJP IT CELL TO COMMENT ABOUT THOUSANDS OF POSTERS BEING PUT IN POOL BOUND STATES FEKU AND JOKER PARRIKAR PHOTOS AND IMAGES OF JAWANS WITH VEERTHA SLOGANS! SHAME ON THESE RATS WHO USEA NATIONS ARMY FOR VOTES. DUBH MARO BESHARM LOG.GET LOST
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          Trilochan
          Oct 5, 2016 at 12:33 am
          If there are so many enemies inside who needs them from outside?Are these political parties really interested in देश हित or अपना हित?
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            Vikrant
            Oct 5, 2016 at 3:24 am
            Congress during its time viewed as the country as treadure that had to be looted to fill coffers of Italian mafia. Now that a government has come that works for national interest these criminals are worried abd dont want it to take the credit. After Uri attack these chamchas were taunting the PM and now doesnt want the Govt to take credit of its actions
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              Baldev Dardi
              Oct 5, 2016 at 2:26 am
              Mr kanjriwal Have you read Indian Express today. That gives clear and detailed account of the Surgical account. Please read the full account by eye witness and the prayers held in stan borderlt;br/gt;May be you were not included in the government briefing because of your previous behavior. lt;br/gt;Baldev Dardi
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                bitterhoney
                Oct 5, 2016 at 1:37 am
                What's wrong in asking for the proof? After the operation govt had said that the w surgical strike operation was videogaphed, where is that video footage? Today world needs proof.
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                  Citi Sites
                  Oct 5, 2016 at 4:01 am
                  Our credibility has been dented enough by congis.. just shutup and let this govt work.. we are in this stage bcoz of you congis
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                    KV JOHN
                    Oct 5, 2016 at 2:58 am
                    why is there no unity within the country. why have doubts
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                      KV JOHN
                      Oct 5, 2016 at 2:58 am
                      why is there no unity within the country. why have doubts
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                        mayank
                        Oct 5, 2016 at 2:58 am
                        stan is a shame on the face of earth and so is islam.....
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                          Niladrinath Mohanty
                          Oct 5, 2016 at 2:29 am
                          When I read the comments or statements of Congress party leaders I wonder who is doing politics over the surgical strike issue. For the Congress party they are concerned with the impact of 'surgical strike' on UP and Punjab elections to state emblies due next year and that is politics.
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                            Avinash
                            Oct 5, 2016 at 12:57 am
                            It is a familiar picture. Someone does something extraordinary, those sitting on the fences start shouting: Me also. It happens in the scientific world too. Years ago when the word came out regarding 'room temperature fusion' out of a lab in Arizona, physicists all across the globe starting reporting success stories on 'room temperature fusion.' Congress party, a victim of geur in its own mind is coming up with its list of surgical strikes. Question: how is that relevant in this context 😇
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                              Pmg Pillai
                              Oct 5, 2016 at 12:00 am
                              Discloainf the whle story wilonly brch inteligence hlping the trrord jene this ed i wihou uder tnding the onswueneof it atd weesdayOct 05th 2016 time0525hrsist
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                                Ratan
                                Oct 5, 2016 at 2:17 am
                                First media said that solger crossed the LOC by helicopter then say no land on near fencing. Is it possible to cut wire fencing without notice stani. Then no of solger inter also very 15,50 last 125 No of terrorists killed also confusion 10,50,100 Is possible that 125solger cut wire fencing went to terrorist camp 10km up down by crawling killed 100terrorist in 4hr in dark night
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                                  Satish Choudhary
                                  Oct 5, 2016 at 1:34 am
                                  The sad thing is, its the Army which is being attacked by our opposition leaders like Kejriwal,Sanjay Nirupam etc. for it was the DGMO Army who had given the press briefing. Our country is perhaps the only country in the world where people get a thrill running down it Armed Forces.
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                                    sc
                                    Oct 5, 2016 at 7:55 am
                                    Why we are even now tortured by the dead animal known as congress. lt;br/gt;Can the people dump it in the Arabian sea ?lt;br/gt;After crying ceaselessly for Afjal Guru, Yakoob Menon, after complimenting their new agent Vinod, Kaniyakumar has disappeared. This bloody congress says Osama ji, Zakir Naik as apostle of peace, it has died long back.
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                                      Seshadri
                                      Oct 5, 2016 at 2:33 am
                                      Yes absolutely correct, you have been striking India for the last 69 years and continue to do so. Afterall Kashmir problem is Nehru's creation.
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                                        undefined
                                        Oct 5, 2016 at 7:06 am
                                        Also personal jealousy!
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                                          undefined
                                          Oct 5, 2016 at 7:10 am
                                          Congress does not have shame!
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                                            undefined
                                            Oct 5, 2016 at 3:35 am
                                            Congress took it UN too and kept it burning for 65 years too and then handed over it too!
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