Congress party chief Rahul Gandhi on Saturday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for triggering suspicion over the claims of the surgical strike during UPA regime and stressed that these claims are an insult to the Indian Army.
While addressing the reporters in the national capital, Gandhi said: “The Army, Air Force or Navy is not personal properties of Narendra Modi ji like he thinks.
When he says that surgical strikes during UPA were done in video games then he is not insulting Congress, but the Army. These air strikes were done by the Army and we do not politicize the Army. The Prime Minister should not insult the Army.”
On Thursday, Congress party claimed that 6 surgical strikes were carried out during former PM Manmohan Singh’s regime from 2004 to 2014.
Gandhi successor also asserted that his party will keep on using the slogan of ‘Chowkidar Chor hai.’ He said: “The process (Rafale case) is going on in Supreme Court and I made a comment attributed to SC so I apologized.
I did not apologize to BJP or Modi ji. ‘Chowkidar Chor hai’ will remain our slogan.”Congress has a habit of lying. Will you please let me know which ‘So called Surgical Strike’ are you attributing to my tenure as COAS. Am sure you must have hired some Coupta to invent another story .
Interestingly, two former Army Chief of Staffs (COAS) General Ved Malik and General VK Singh denied any knowledge of such surgical strikes were conducted under Congress. General Ved Malik was COAS during the Kargil War, and General VK Singh is now a union minister and BJP member.
General Malik took to his official Twitter handle and wrote: “Cannot think of any such incidents where political leadership asked armed forces to carry out such a strike or gave assent to such plans by armed forces except one in 1984: to pre-empt Pakistan Army and occupy Soltoro range in Siachen Sector.”
Gen VK Singh wrote: “Congress has a habit of lying. Will you please let me know which ‘So-called Surgical Strike’ are you attributing to my tenure as COAS. Am sure you must have hired some Coupta to invent another story.”