Known for making controversial statements, Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam on Tuesday questioned the authenticity of the government’s claim of carrying out surgical strikes against terror launch pads along the line of control in Pakistan.
Nirupam said while everyone wants Army to conduct surgical strike, it should not be a fake one. “Every Indian wants #SurgicalStrikesAgainstPak but not a fake one to extract just political benefit by #BJP. Politics over national interest,” tweeted Nirupam along with the posters of BJP in Uttar Pradesh.
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— Sanjay Nirupam (@sanjaynirupam) October 4, 2016
Later talking to reporters, Nirupam said it is upto the government to prove the surgical strikes did take place.
He said his party was of the view that Pakistan should be punished.
“The way BJP was indulging in politics, putting up banners and taking credit gives a view whether such strikes did happen. In Goa, the Defence Minister (Manohar Parrikar) is being publicly felicitated. Why were earlier surgical strikes not announced in a press conference? Why was a press conference done now (by DGMO Lt Gen Ranbir Singh)?. Was there any pressure from the government?” he asked.
Army conducted surgical strikes on seven terror launch pads along the LoC on the intervening night of September 28 and 29, inflicting “significant casualties” on terrorists preparing to infiltrate from PoK.
The next morning, the DGMO had given this information to the media in a press conference.
Nirupam’s comment came despite his party’s hailing the Army’s action against Pakistan after the Uri terror attack that claimed the lives of 19 Indian soldiers. After the surgical strikes, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and other senior leaders had supported the government’s action.
Congress doesnt agree with the statements made by Sanjay Nirupam, we have taken a serious note of it: RS Surjewala pic.twitter.com/L80dNmMaGm
— ANI (@ANI_news) October 4, 2016
The BJP was quick to react as its spokesperson Sambit Patra lashed out at Nirupam saying he was questioning the Indian Army’s credibility.
“Please don’t do this to your own country. Politicians don’t carry out strikes. You are questioning the martyrdom of our jawans. Are you questioning the DGMO India? Because, he came out with all the details. No party has ever questioned the Indian Army. This is the first time ever any party has questioned the credibility of the Indian Army,” Patra told a TV news channel.