A day after Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar told a parliamentary panel that “limited-calibre, target-specific, counter-terrorist operations” were carried out in the past too but were never announced, the Congress Wednesday used the remarks to target the government and the BJP. It said the “lies” of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and BJP president Amit Shah have been exposed.
“Does it look good for no less than the Defence Minister of the country to be directly contradicted by no less than the Foreign Secretary….I hate to say this…but which one of them is prevaricating? The Foreign Secretary has spoken in measured terms and in precise terms,” Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said.
Congress communication department head Randeep Surjewala said the Narendra Modi government’s “rhetoric, bravado and machismo” has been exposed by the Foreign Secretary. “Amit Shah’s and (Manohar) Parrikar’s lies lie exposed,” he said.
Surjewala hoped Jaishankar would not be axed like Sujatha Singh for speaking the truth qua valour of armed forces and “exposing BJP’s deception.” He was referring to Jaishankar’s predecessor Singh, who had to step down months before retirement.
Singhvi said the BJP government has a “genetic predisposition to exaggeration, distortion, deception, hyprocrisy and to pass off fiction as facts.”
He said the Congress has neither expressed doubts over the surgical strikes nor raised questions regarding its nature and quantum. He said the party had only asked the government not to “politicise” the Army action and “do not deny by falsehood that it (surgical strikes) has never ever happened before”.
He said the Congress has no reason to disbelieve the foreign secretary. “….some day you attribute it to the RSS and some day it says it is the first that the government decided… This kind of prevarication… paints the nation in a bad light,” he said.
Congress said while the PM has asked everyone not to politicize the surgical strikes, “everyday under his nose it is being politicised”.