New Delhi: The Congress on Friday blasted Prime Minister Modi for insulting the Indian forces at a rally in Sikar, Rajasthan, by dubbing the surgical strikes during the UPA regime as “video games.”
‘‘Jab kagaz par hi karni ho, jab video game mein hi strike karni ho to 6 ho ya 3 ho, 20 hon ya 25 hon, ye jhoote logon ko kya fark padta hai [When the surgical strikes are to be done on a piece of paper then how does it matter if they have conducted 6 or 25].
Warming up to the theme, he added, “Congress claims it carried out six surgical strikes. What kind of strikes were they? The terrorists did not get to know about them, Pakistan did not know about them and even the Indians did not know about them. During the remote control regime, did any of you read the word ‘strike’ in any newspaper? Did you hear the word strike? First, they mocked our 2016 surgical strike, then protested and now they say ‘me too me too’.”
Reacting to the comments, Congress chief spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala said in a tweet that Modi had first indulged in the dirty conspiracy of seeking votes by invoking the valour of the Indian Forces. Then, he shamelessly “abused the bravery of jawans” when reminded that the previous Manmohan Singh government had carried out as many as six surgical strikes but never boasted about them to gain advantage in the elections.
Meanwhile, in reply to a question on PM Modi’s remarks, Congress treasurer Ahmed Patel regretted that the prime minister had said his strikes were genuine and those during the UPA regime were “paper strikes.” He said this was an insult not of the Congress but that of the jawans. Moreover, he said: “We never tried to take credit, unlike Modi, for the surgical strikes because full credit should go to the army and air force personnel.”