Sanjay Nirupam, a Congress leader in Maharashtra, has questioned the authenticity of surgical strikes by the Indian Army on terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. In a shocking statement today, he claimed the BJP faked the surgical strikes for electoral gains. “Every Indian wants #SurgicalStrikesAgainstPak but not a fake one to extract just political benefit by #BJP,” Nirupam tweeted.
In another tweet, he had said: “India expect a real #SurgicalStrikesAgainstPak so that Pakies must cry. Not like last one which they refuse to even admit.#BaramulaAttack.”
Not only Nirupam, other Congress leaders like P Chidambaram and Digvijay Singh had also not expressed their full support to the Modi government’s efforts at containing terrorism emanating from Pakistani territory. Chidambaram was quoted as saying by News 18: “UPA did PoK strikes too, but it is up to the present government to give proof of the surgical strikes,” He added: “The much-hyped surgical strike on last Wednesday night was not the only time that Army had crossed the LoC to take punitive action.”
Chidambaram’s remarks were not well received by people.
Digvijay Singh on Monday had attacked PM Modi and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, calling the, “war mongers”. Though Singh didn’t raise doubts over the authenticity of the surgical strikes, he attacked the PM for showing off what was always done “secretly” by the UPA government.
The statements by Nirupam, Chidambaram and Singh point out there is a lack of a single line of thought in the Congress. It may also be possible to that it is part of the Congress’ strategy to keep attacking the Central government, for all things possible, ahead of the upcoming assembly elections.
“The Congress Party and I salute the Indian Army and our jawans for acting valiantly to defend our country & our people. Jai Hind. All of us stand firmly united against terrorism & those who support & sponsor it,” Rahul had tweeted.
In a series of tweets praising the PM, Rahul had said: The Congress party and the entire country is with the Prime Minister on this (surgical strikes). I want to thank him that he has taken some action in 2.5 years which is worthy of being taken by a PM. When the PM acts like a PM, I support him.”
मैं उनको धन्यवाद देना चाहता हूं कि उन्होंने ढाई साल में पहला एक्शन लिया है जो प्रधानमंत्री के लायक एक्शन है, और मेरा उनको पूरा समर्थन है
— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) September 30, 2016
On Tuesday, Twitterati were not amused with the “double speak” of Congress leaders. Here are how some of them reacted.
For a change we ought to be an Intolerant Nation to irritants like Sanjay Nirupam & Kejriwal #BackArmyEndPolitics
— Vindu King (@vindking) October 4, 2016
They should send Sanjay Nirupam and Arvind Kejriwal a vote of thanks http://t.co/lN5IvwZqor
— Budhaditya Roy (@budhadityaroy) October 4, 2016
Shame on such moron who do not spare even arm forces&cast aspersions on them to advance their gutter level Politics. http://t.co/3qgSPJbw9F
— Narendra K Varma (@narendravarma49) October 4, 2016
I fear that with people like Sanjay Nirupam representing the opposition, BJP will never lose & will start taking voters for granted.
— Ashish Dhar (@Infinitchy) October 4, 2016
Its 100% true that Indian army F..Militant . DGMO can not say it on behalf of BJP .Even its is you should stand with India “Sanjay Nirupam”
— Sudhir Dalal (@sdalal26) October 4, 2016
Sanjay Nirupam knows about all #SurgicalStrike conducted during UPA regime. In one case Baba Ramdev got away but Rajbala was killed
— Office Of Buddhu (@0ff1ceofRG) October 4, 2016
Even kids in Maharashtra know that Sanjay Nirupam is FAKE!
At least he shud hv been sober during the press conference !????❌
— Navin Pai Raikar (@NavinRaikar) October 4, 2016
Isnt Sanjay Nirupam dalbadlu, who shifted from ShivSena to Congress. Now, to appease Sonia, spewing venom agst Armed Forces @ India?
— Indi (@indianation1) October 4, 2016
— nikunj shah (@niku1630) October 4, 2016
Will Congress now issue an apology or continue with the politics?