Criticising Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani for his remark suggesting that even if the family members of martyred soldiers seek evidence of surgical strikes, it would be the “language of Pakistan”, leader Hardik Patel Wednesday asserted that if the BJP cannot respect the families of martyrs, it can’t respect the common citizens of the country.
In a Facebook post on Wednesday, the Patidar quota leader said, “Shameful words of Gujarat’s Made-in-Burma Chief Minister. He said that if families of martyred soldiers demand evidence of Balakot attack then they are also Pakistani. This BJP has got completely frustrated. If the BJP cannot respect families of martyred soldiers, how they can respect the common citizens of the country? (The) BJP members are crossing all limits by calling even the families of jawans who have lost their lives for the honour and security of the country as Pakistani.”
During a press conference here Tuesday, while replying to a question that if the family members of the slain soldiers, who have sought evidence of India’s surgical strikes, are also Pakistanis, Rupani had said, “Yes, (they are using the) language of Pakistan. Because, there cannot be evidence of this.”
Rupani had said that the Congress was speaking the language of Pakistan. “Like Pakistan, (the) Congress is also asking for evidence. (The) Congress was trying to defend Pakistan when the latter has been providing safe haven to terrorists,” Rupani had alleged, while replying to a question on why he was calling the ongoing Lok Sabha elections as that between India and Pakistan, in his rallies.
At this point, a query was posed before Rupani: “Even (the) families of victims (slain soldiers) have demanded evidence. So, does that make them Pakistani too?”
To this, Rupani said, “Yes, (this is) language of Pakistan. Because, there cannot be evidence of this… because we have done (the) operation on the soil of Pakistan. And Pakistan is asking for evidence because we entered into their territory, which is not considered proper internationally. Pakistan is also saying that nothing has happened (because) if it accepts that terror camps have been eliminated, then it would be very difficult for it to explain the same in the world”.
“So, on all these issues, one has to trust the sena (armed forces). And when the chief of sena is making a statement in press conference.you don’t trust him? The chief of sena who said that they don’t count dead bodies, who are they to demand evidence? And why do they ask for evidence in the language of Pakistan? It means they have got frightened by the air strike and surgical strike. Entire world believes that it happened. Why should we give evidence,” Rupani had asked.