Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi Chief Minister, today saluted Prime Minister Narendra Modi for showing “determination” in the wake of Uri Attack and avenging the death of 18 Indian soldiers by carrying out surgical strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
“I differ on various topics with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, however, the determination shown by him on this deserves appreciation. I salute him for it. Since the day the surgical strikes took place, Pakistan is in shock and it will now resort to dirty politics,” Kejriwal said in a video. The Aam Aadmi Party chief, however, also asked the PM to expose Pakistan’s propaganda of making the surgical strikes a lie in front of the international community.
Kejriwal said: “In the last few days, Pakistan is taking international reporters to the LoC to show them that no surgical strikes have taken place. United Nations say that they haven’t observed anything like this on the LoC… Pakistan is trying to blemish the image of India at an international level.It is my appeal to PM Modi, that the way he along with the security forces have launched this attack on them, they ought to unmask the reality of our neighbouring country and the plans it is making against us.”
We fully support PM on surgical strikes. Urge him to similarly counter Pak’s dirty propaganda. Do watch this msghttps://t.co/jk1CvYmcan
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) October 3, 2016
However, not everyone was happy with sudden praise heaped by Kejriwal on PM Modi. Some even deciphered a political design behind Kejriwal’s appeal to the PM.
Soon after Kejriwal’s message to the PM was published by media, Twitterati started trending #AKBacksModiOnPak. One user was prompt to comment: “Whoever is trending this trend > #AKBacksModiOnPak doesn’t realize the irony behind AK’s statement. He’s mocking and trolling PM on Strike.”
Here are what some others read between the lines in Kejriwal’s statement:
Whoever is trending this trend > #AKBacksModiOnPak doesn’t realize the irony behind AK’s statement. He’s mocking and trolling PM on Strike ????
— Rathod (@stup3ndo) October 3, 2016
— Devika (@Dayweekaa) October 3, 2016
अबकी बार लाहौर यार।
— HAHA Sehgal (@sumitmukund) October 3, 2016
— 56 इंच Rőý (@MixedRaita) October 3, 2016
— Ankit Mehta (@MagicianMata08) October 3, 2016
— Akhilesh Choudhary (@aapakhi) October 3, 2016
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar also expressed his support for Narendra Modi to deal with the threat from Pakistan.
Update: BJP attacks Kejriwal
BJP on Tuesday attacked Kejriwal for indirectly asking the PM to release the video of surgical strikes conducted by the Indian Army across the border. BJP leader Ravishankar Prasad told Kejriwal through media: “Don’t question India Army and its great leadership. Such type of politics is not good in times like this.”