Former Home Minister and Congress leader Sushil Kumar Shinde on Thursday went against party line on the issue of surgical strikes. Shinde stated that the UPA government carried out surgical strikes but these facts should be kept under the wraps. “During UPA government 2-3 surgical strikes were carried out, but such facts were and should not be revealed,” Shinde said, according to news agency ANI. Notably, Congress leaders like P Chidambaram and others have come out claiming that the UPA had carried out three surgical strikes during its rule. Chidambaram even went on to reveal the dates of the attacks purportedly carried out in 2011 and 2013.
Political bickering has begun ever since Indian Army’s Director General of Military Operation Lt Gen Ranbir Singh announced at a joint press conference with the Ministry of External Affairs that the Army had carried out surgical strikes on terrorists positioned at terror launch pads along the LoC in Pakistan on the intervening night of September 28 and September 29.
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The announcement made on September 29 followed widespread acclaim from the general public, international community and political fraternity as well as criticism and demands of evidence from Opposition and Pakistan.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party vice president Rahul Gandhi also lauded the Army and the PM for carrying out the operations and other leaders followed later revealing UPA approved cross-border covert operations seemingly to claim some of the massively pouring credit and support from the public. (With ANI inputs)