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BJP leader Pankaja Munde made a controversial remark while criticising the opposition parties for questioning the surgical strikes. Addressing a rally in Maharashtra’s Jalna Lok Sabha constituency, she suggested that those sceptical about the surgical strike would be convinced only if the explosives were strapped onto Rahul Gandhi.
“After a cowardly attack on our soldiers, we conducted the surgical strike. Some people are asking the reason behind the strike and the evidences if it even happened. I say we should have attached a bomb to Rahul Gandhi and sent him to another country. Then they should have understood,” she said.
On September 29, 2016, Indian Army conducted a surgical strike on terrorists’ camps across the LoC. Eleven days before the surgical strikes, Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists had killed 19 soldiers attacking an Army camp in Jammu & Kashmir’s Uri.
This comment will surely spark another controversy. Already the Election Commission has advised political parties not to use the armed forces to win votes in the current Lok Sabha polls.
Opposition parties have been alleging that the BJP-led NDA government has been citing the military operations like surgical strike and the recent air strike to create an impression that only PM Modi can protect the nation.
PTI quoted Narendra Modi as saying that the strength of “one vote” had resulted in surgical strikes and air strikes against Pakistan. Narendra Modi said the same while he was addressing a rally in Chhattisgarh last week.
A week before that, EC had sought a report on PM’s appeal to first time voters in Maharashtra’s Latur.
He said, “I want to ask my first-time voters, can your first vote be dedicated to the soldiers who conducted the Balakot air strikes? Can your first vote be in the name of the martyrs who lost their lives in Pulwama?”
Last year in December, Rahul Gandhi claimed that three surgical strikes were conducted during the United Progressive Alliance’s (UPA) rule. But still, it was kept confidential. Also, Lt. General DS Hooda said that it had been “overhyped and politicised.”
On the other hand, BJP says that the questioning and the objections of opposition are demoralising the armed forces. “People who level such allegations are weakening the army. But should I worry about the personal attacks being made on me or the fact that the country’s needs are still not fulfilled? No matter what… I will continue to give primacy to the country’s security.” PM Modi had said in an interview with ANI this year.