Sam Pitroda’s controversial statement on the Indian Air Force’s air strike on Jaish-e-Mohammed’s terror camp in Pakistan’s Balakot sparked a massive political controversy on Friday. Sam Pitroda asked the government to come out with "more facts" on the Balakot air strikes, and said that he was "baffled" by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's reaction to his question which he was entitled to ask. Pitroda, chief of Indian Overseas Congress, also said it was good to have a debate, discussion, dialogue and discourse, and it does not amount to questioning anyone.
The Congress, however, distanced itself from Pitroda’s Balakot remark and said that it was an individual’s ‘personal venom’. Instead, it countered Prime Minister Narendra Modi over issues ranging from job crisis to agrarian distress. Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala took to Twitter to put the party’s perspective in the wake of Pitroda controversy.
“INC has unequivocally said-: Pulwama Terror Attack was a grave National Security failure of Modi Govt, Balakot Air Strike was a shining example of valour of our Airforce, Pakistan’s terror outfits like JEM, LET & others will never succeed in their evil design,” Surjewala said.
“Truth also is - 1. Modiji was busy shooting films in Corbett Park & speech as Nation mourned Pulwama martyrs, 2. Modi Govt was clueless as RDX, MI Carbines & Rocket Launchers were smuggled in to be used in Pulwama, 3. BJP Govt released Masood Azhar & other terrorists,” Surjewala added.
“Modiji & BJP should stop using an individual’s personal opinion to spread venom! Instead of hiding behind the sacrifice of our armed forces, PM must answer to Nation on- Jobs crisis, Agrarian distress, Demo & GST disasters & Economic downturn,” the Congress spokesperson added.