Congress, BJP in war of words over Army’s 2011 ‘Operation Ginger’

Codenamed 'Operation Ginger', the strike is said to be the deadliest cross-border operation in which at least eight Pakistani soldiers were killed and several others fatally injured by Indian commandos.

By: IANS | New Delhi | Updated: October 10, 2016 1:12 pm
Indian Army, Army jawans, jawans injured, Pak mortar shelling, Pak firing, Pallanwala, LoC, Pakistan, Kashmir news, India news, latest news, Indian express Congress spokesman Sanjay Jha said: “It is an insult to the army and the defence establishment to say that such surgical strikes (September 29) never happened before. It is only that the then Manmohan Singh government never publicised such strikes because it was not consistent with our policy.”

The Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress on Sunday indulged in a war of words after it emerged that the Indian Army conducted a deadly surgical strike on Pakistan’s military outposts in 2011 as well.

Codenamed ‘Operation Ginger’, the strike is said to be the deadliest cross-border operation in which at least eight Pakistani soldiers were killed and several others fatally injured by Indian commandos.

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Congress spokesman Sanjay Jha said: “It is an insult to the army and the defence establishment to say that such surgical strikes (September 29) never happened before. It is only that the then Manmohan Singh government never publicised such strikes because it was not consistent with our policy.”

He said it was the responsibility of the media, the Congress and everyone else to expose the “brazen lies propagated by the ruling party (BJP) for political advantage”.

On the other hand, the BJP said no covert military operation of the magnitude of the September 29 strikes had been done before.

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“The surgical strike was done by the army. But Prime Minister Narendra Modi provided the leadership and comfort to the army to conduct a strike of this magnitude,” BJP spokesman Syed Zafar Islam said.

He said the Congress was feeling insecure due to the rising popularity of the Modi government.

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    Abrrad
    Oct 9, 2016 at 4:48 pm
    Media should stop this cheap political selfish slugfest. Our brave army are not fools siting in camps when they are attcaked and killed by stan army or terrorists. They might have taken such revenge several times before, BUT that is done at the level of army commanding division. Not as a government policy. That is different from current official policy and stand taken by this govt. both are different but let's leave it here.
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      MyTake
      Oct 9, 2016 at 6:09 pm
      After Indira hi, Congress's only contribution has been to bring India down to its knees!
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        MyTake
        Oct 9, 2016 at 6:07 pm
        Indian politician are so immature that they are showing the sign of immaturity to the world yet they don't even realize what they are doing is simply the sign of their immaturity! Giving the benefit of doubts they simply can be termed teenagers in politics or an useless "biom" who prefers only flir ting or far ting in the name of doing national politics!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;If Congress did so much "good" things in its "great" time why it failed with all its "good" things to empower the people even by one "millimeter"? Know the tree by the fruit it bears!!
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          MyTake
          Oct 9, 2016 at 11:17 pm
          Congres, keeping it simple what was its affect in terms of empowerment of people and increased confidence of people in the system? lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Big Zero, if not negative! Yes, only if gone through school and know the difference between positive and negative! Does people need any other proof for your "strike"? People are smart enough not to waste time deciphering your "intelligence"!
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            Baldev
            Oct 9, 2016 at 5:46 pm
            Congress led UPA Government has been most useless and hopeless one. During these ten years India suffered in all sorted. However, Defence of the country suffered the most. DGMO of that time has negated the Congress claims of surgical strikes. If they still wish to persist with their claims, they are welcome to do so. They will further loose their credibility which is already touching ZERO.
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              shekhar
              Oct 10, 2016 at 12:32 am
              Isn't army job to defence of country? and hot persue of aggressor is not their book unless political will is there. otherwise they defend their position. Army cannot take action their own in democracy
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                DD
                Oct 9, 2016 at 7:03 pm
                stan will be divided into 4 pieces.lt;br/gt;insha allah.lt;br/gt;....�lt;br/gt;allah ki yahi marzi hai hai..lt;br/gt;Ameen..lt;br/gt;''''''''lt;br/gt;....
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                  Kanav Goyal
                  Oct 13, 2016 at 7:19 am
                  Is this Tolerance? Banning BEEF ?? People getting slaughtered because of BEEF.. Why not PORK. according to Muslim, it too is prohibited. India is a secular nation. Keep Everything Equivalent.
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                    Venkataraman Jagadesan
                    Oct 9, 2016 at 9:09 pm
                    Who will believe the congress spokesperson's ertion of about a cross border strike took place during UPA's time and worst when he said that they never wanted to publicize it? Does he think that the citiens of this country are fools. No doubt after the behading of our soldiers by the BRUTES PAK ARMY MEN a small scale operation with a nick name Ginger was launched at Divisonal/Brigade level and small number of troops crossed the loc and attacked a police post were the pak army men were there and during the fight both lost approxiately 15men. This can not be compared to a surgical strike planned at a National level involving Army and Air co-operation (approximately 150 Para commandos and 5 Helicopters were used) and struck deep inside POK eliminating the LET terrorists at their base which resulted in pak army men causality also. The entire operation of Ginger has been described in the Hindu. So let not the congress try to tom tom their minor action to this. Jai Hind.
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                      Pramod Sarhadi
                      Oct 9, 2016 at 6:42 pm
                      Jangal me more nacha kisne dekhalt;br/gt;Sonia aur Rahul hi ne dekhalt;br/gt;They were scared of backing Army action and owning up Armys work undertaken at great risklt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;You need 56 inches to own big actionslt;br/gt;Cowards can not own brave actions
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                        mady
                        Oct 9, 2016 at 6:15 pm
                        Looks like Congress is running pillar and post to prove that they also conducted such strikes. But people of India will not fall trap to these false propaa.
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                          kris kumar
                          Oct 9, 2016 at 7:45 pm
                          Congressi have become headless chicken running everywhere but no body knows where they are going. Congressi have lost all their moral ground to win any seats in Punjab or UP after Pappu comments khoon ki dalali. Sanjay Jha is a foul mouth and a stupid Congressi who barks a lot.
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                            kris kumar
                            Oct 9, 2016 at 7:34 pm
                            Stupid Sanjay Jha and corrupt Congressi are barking now about the strikes they did during Congress raj. Why are the secreamung now as no body has asked them for evidence or proof? Are they doing khoon ki dalali?These corrupt and frustrated Congressi will go to such a low level to save Pappu for his anti national remarks. Congressi have to justify and all their criminals and evil deeds. Congressi are in the back foot because the pority of PM has gone up so much since the surgical strike that they are now resorting to their dirty tricks again similar to just before Bihar election with the help of paid media NDTV/India Today. I am sure people have become much wiser and know Congress devious and cunning tricks by now.
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                              kris kumar
                              Oct 9, 2016 at 7:40 pm
                              Yes it was a big achievement but not done by Italian barmaid or stupid Pappu. Indira was very much different in comparison to these stupid, cunning, corrupt and hypocrite Congressi. Voters are not stupid and they know how to kick Congressi out of power. As long as stupid Pappu is Congress leader the end of Congress is certain and you mind my word.
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                                Raj
                                Oct 9, 2016 at 4:35 pm
                                Congress never try to get political mileage of the Indian Army's strike against our enemies where as BJP always try to political gain for the action of Indian Army, which is absolutely wrong. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Leave army's job to army itself. They knows, how to strike, the enemies.
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                                  Sanjeev Singal
                                  Oct 10, 2016 at 12:35 am
                                  LIES have brought great fortunes to Modi.lt;br/gt;Modi knows the power of LIES.
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                                    Srikumar
                                    Oct 9, 2016 at 5:35 pm
                                    Three monkeys are regularly visible in India. The party in power .. The party not in power .. The media.
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                                      sreedhar
                                      Oct 9, 2016 at 5:36 pm
                                      Namo take selfie one day, sit on a swing another day, go for a cup of morning tea another day and then boast about army action. Is this foreign policy or policy of whims and fancies. When BJP is so keen to declare NAMO as great, why don't they blame him for this disastrous situation in Kashmir
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                                        sreedhar
                                        Oct 10, 2016 at 3:11 am
                                        BJP and team is behaving like Army is their hit men like they send for their political gains or political killing. Is BJP Govt declaring a war on PAK? NO. Then what are they trying to be boastful about army action? Did it gave any extra advantage to India? Their proxy attack is happening everyday at police and paramilitary and army basis ? Govt is losing control on political situation in Kashmir. Govt has completely failed to deal with Pak and Kashmir. If they think , they can march with Army and gain political advantage, they are marching on another disasterous path of politicising armydian army is not RSS. It is an army which represe w india which include hindu,muslim,christian,sikh etc etc
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                                          sreedhar
                                          Oct 9, 2016 at 5:47 pm
                                          And a billion plus donkeys who got votes ?
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                                            sreedhar
                                            Oct 9, 2016 at 5:33 pm
                                            NAMO and team is behaving like army action was a kind of cricket world cup their leader MODI lifted. In fact NAMO has completely failed if one look at the situation which resulted in this action and what we achieved with it? One has to seriously doubt wheter Govt put pressure on army for this action to counter a backlash of public fury and political loss
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