Under attack over ‘fake surgical-strike’ remark, Sanjay Nirupam targets BJP

Sanjay Nirupam had to call off a meeting on civic issues after panelists pulled out of it over his remarks.

By: PTI | Mumbai | Updated: October 12, 2016 6:29 pm
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Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam on Wednesday attacked BJP even as he continued to face flak from several quarters for suggesting army’s surgical strikes could be “fake” with Shiv Sena demanding sedition case be slapped against him. His party had to call off a meeting on civic issues after panelists pulled out of it over his remarks.

Unfazed by the heat, even from within his party, Nirupam fired a fresh salvo accusing BJP of trying to extract political mileage out of the national security issue with eyes set on ensuing elections.

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“BJP’s political tamasha over national security is on. Raksha Mantri Parrikar to b felicitated by UP #BJP. Elections to be held there next yr(sic),” he tweeted.

Seizing on the issue, Shiv Sena called for sedition charges to be slapped on Nirupam for “doubting the integrity of the army” and asked the Congress high command to sack him immediately.

“It is surprising that he can dare question the veracity of army’s operations at a time when even Congress president (Sonia Gandhi) and Vice-President (Rahul Gandhi) have made their stand very clear on this issue,” Sena spokesperson Manisha Kayande said.

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“We demand that a sedition case be slapped against Nirupam as he is only toeing the line of an enemy nation which says surgical strike never took place. He has disgraced the nation in front of world leaders,” she said.

In a snub to Nirupam, members of a civil society here decided to boycott a meeting over civic issues organised by the Congress party to register their displeasure over the comments, forcing the party to cancel the event.

The party had planned a discussion on ‘abduction of open spaces’ in the city. No reason was given for cancellation of the event.

The civil society members, including former Central Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi, Anandini Thakur, RTI activist Bhaskar Prabhu and others decided to pull out as panelists from the event over Nirupam’s remarks.

“It pains all Indians to hear an Indian national talking in such a manner and providing support to Pakistan’s stand,” Gandhi said in the e-mail to Nirupam.

However, Nirupam sought to know as to why defence minister Manohar Parrikar is visiting Goa, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab “where elections are very near”.

“Why he is not going to Bihar? He is going to only election-bound states and being facilitated with flowers, garlands, banners and posters,” Nirupam said.

“On one side Venkaiah Nadu says that there should not be discussions over the surgical strike, but his partymen and leaders are carrying out series of political campaign, that’s what I am strongly criticising,” he told PTI.

“The truth is that BJP is extracting political mileage over the issue of national security which no other party ever did. BJP has been involved in the politicisation of the defence activities…and being a citizen of the country, I have every right to ask these questions,” he said.

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  1. R
    Oct 5, 2016 at 7:41 pm
    Has EMERGENCY been declared over conflict with stan? None is allowed to question political advances of Govt beyond national security issues. No journalist on any TV channel has guts to report truth or question Govt leaders. You tube is full of clips posted by Indians from TV channels of our enemy country in which they are freely and bitterly criticising their PM Nawaz Sharif. Can any Indian channel do that against our PM Modi or any member of his gang? Where has freedom gone? PM Modi is maintaining the useless leadership of Sonia-Rahul in major opposition party Congress, otherwise this duo deserves to be thrown into dustbin of history.
    1. Sraddhadeva Joshey
      Oct 18, 2016 at 8:12 pm
      Indian government should be happy if stan is saying that no surgical strike had took place. Why indian government wants stan to admit it? Surgical strikes should be kept secret, what is the need of this announcement? stan will automatically know about it if their Terrorists are killed. Our Army should keep on doing surgical strikes to destroy all Terrorists.
      1. C
        Oct 6, 2016 at 10:23 am
        Nirupam is just asking a simple question? If the surgical strikes were not fake then what is the issue in showing him proof? Why is the discussion going towards 'antinational sentiments'? Parrikar is not answering his question properly. It is well known fact that BJP can stoop down to any level for publicity. Now it enough reason for us to doubt the authenticity of surgical strike.
        1. V
          Oct 6, 2016 at 8:25 am
          No need of enemies like Pak and China. When we have leaders like Mr.Nirupam and Mr.Kejriwal. Moreover, even the celebrities - Mr.Salman Khan, Mr.Om Puri are more than sufficient who are discourteous. Don't understand, why does Indian Army has to fight and for whose security when the Indians itself are confronting their integrity.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Shame on these hypocrites
          1. T
            Oct 5, 2016 at 8:13 pm
            An Indian-Occupied Kashmir lawmaker said on Wednesday that Indian army is shooting fake videos in his consuency to show fabricated evidence of the alleged surgical strike.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;According to a report in Kashmir Dispatch, Engineer Rashid─ who represnts frontier Langate consuency─ claimed that credible sources told him that Indian army is engaged in filming videos in Nowgam and Leepa sectors , adjacent to borders showing as if army is carrying out covert operations in stani territory, so that the same can be provided as evidences to satisfy Indian mes and world community” as a proof of September 29 surgical strike inside stan.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;v6gkbUrE
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