PM Modi termed Congress leader Sam Pitroda’s remarks shameful and accused the grand old party of insulting the armed forces.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday morning slammed the Congress party and its president Rahul Gandhi after his close aide Sam Pitroda questioned the Balakot operation carried out the Indian Air Force. In a series of tweets, PM Modi called Pitroda’s remarks shameful and accused the Congress of insulting the armed forces.
“The most trusted advisor and guide of the Congress President has kick-started the Pakistan National Day celebrations on behalf of the Congress, ironically by demeaning India’s armed forces. Shame!” he said in a tweet. PM Modi affirmed that the country is changing and it will respond to terrorists with a firm hand whenever needed.
Opposition insults our forces time and again.
I appeal to my fellow Indians- question Opposition leaders on their statements.
Tell them- 130 crore Indians will not forgive or forget the Opposition for their antics.
India stands firmly with our forces. #JantaMaafNahiKaregi https://t.co/rwpFKMMeHY
— Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 22, 2019
Earlier in the day, Pitroda, who also heads the Congress party’s overseas wing, sought details of the casualties in the air strikes carried out by the Indian Air Force in Balakot, Pakistan. “I would like to know more as I have read in the New York Times and other newspapers, what did we really attack, we really killed 300 people?” he asked while speaking to ANI.
He also said that it was wrong to blame Pakistan for the ghastly 26/11 Mumbai terror attack. “Eight people (26/11 terrorists) come and do something, you don’t jump on entire nation (Pakistan). Naive to assume that just because some people came here and attacked, every citizen of that nation is to be blamed. I don’t believe in that way,” the Congress leader said.
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Citing Pitoda’s Mumbai attacks remark, he said that the force in 2008 was willing to respond to the attack but then Congress leadership denied permission. “Loyal courtier of Congress’ royal dynasty admits what the nation already knew- Congress was unwilling to respond to forces of terror,” his tweet reads.
“This is a New India- we will answer terrorists in a language they understand and with interest!” the PM Modi added.
The Prime Minister also took the opportunity to ask people of India to corner the opposition leaders over the remarks.
“Opposition insults our forces time and again. I appeal to my fellow Indians- question Opposition leaders on their statements. Tell them- 130 crore Indians will not forgive or forget the Opposition for their antics. India stands firmly with our forces. #JantaMaafNahiKaregi,” he said in another tweet.
The Congress leader’s statement comes at a time when campaigning for the high-voltage Lok Sabha elections is at its peak. All the political parties and top leaders are holding rallies in different sates to garner support for their candidates. Pitroda’s remark have given ammunition to the BJP against the Congress. Several senior Congress leaders including Digvijaya Singh and Kapil Sibal have already questioned the IAF’s operation.