Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam on Tuesday raised doubt over the veracity of the Armyâ€™s surgical strikes across the LoC suggesting it was â€œfakeâ€ even as he accused BJP of indulging in politics over national interest.
â€œEvery Indian wants surgical strikes against Pakistan but not a fake one to extract just political benefit by BJP.Â Politics over national interest (sic),â€ Nirupam tweeted.
Later talking to reporters, Nirupam said it is upto the government to prove the surgical strikes did take place. He said his party was of the view that Pakistan should be punished.
â€œThe way BJP was indulging in politics, putting up banners and taking credit gives a view whether such strikes did happen. In Goa, the Defence Minister (Manohar Parrikar) is being publicly felicitated. Why were earlier surgical strikes not announced in a press conference? Why was a press conference done now (by DGMO Lt Gen Ranbir Singh)? Was there any pressure from the government?â€ he asked.
Army conducted surgical strikes on seven terror launch pads along the LoC on the intervening night of September 28 and 29, inflicting â€œsignificant casualtiesâ€ on terrorists preparing to infiltrate from PoK.
The next morning, the DGMO had given this information to the media in a press conference. Pakistan, however, has been dismissing the claim as â€œfabrication of truthâ€ and said India was creating â€œmedia hypeâ€ by re-branding cross-border fire as surgical strikes.