Every Indian wants Surgical Strikes Against Pak but not a fake one: Sanjay Nirupam
Every Indian wants Surgical Strikes Against Pak but not a fake one: Sanjay Nirupam

Just a day after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal questioned the authenticity of India’s  ‘surgical strike’ claims,  another Indian politician has demanded credible evidence of the incident from the Indian government.
Courting a massive controversy earlier in the day, Nirupam called on the Centre to give proof of the surgical strike that took place in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), while asserting that India was by not doing so, being insulted by Pakistan in the international arena.

"Every Indian wants #SurgicalStrikesAgainstPak but not a fake one to extract just political benefit by #BJP. Politics over national interest," he tweeted.

Attacked for the comment, he later clarified, "I'm not saying you release all video footage, I don't think so either... as it may not be in the interest of national security... but there is a need to show some proof."

"The 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?" he asked.
Congress later disowned its leader Sanjay Nirupam's suggestion that last week's surgical strikes across the Line of Control are "fake" unless the government offers proof.
The Congress spokesperson said: "We have taken serious note of Sanjay Nirupam's statements."

At the same time, the party said the government must "call Pakistan's bluff".

"It's time for the government to expose Pakistan's malicious propaganda. The evidence should be made public," said party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala.

Mr Nirupam's challenging of the government and army's account of what transpired comes as the BJP derided Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram for seeking proof of the cross-LoC strikes.

Mr Chidambaram on Monday said it is up to the government to furnish evidence. Mr Kejriwal has said that while he lauds PM Modi's firm handling of Pakistan, foreign media reports including in The New York Times and Washington Post are furthering Pakistan's false propaganda. Though he stopped short of asking for the video of the strikes to be shared, Mr Kejriwal said the PM must act to counter the reports, which were filed by journalists who were taken to villages on Pakistan's side of the Line of Control by the Pakistani army. Villagers there joined army generals in declaring that India had not crossed the de facto border last week.

Comment by: Kunal Ravi Gupta

It's embarrassing to see a politician of your stature as speaking against own country. You should be thrown out of the country. You should shift to Pakistan as you are the ambassador for them. As an Indian I am proud of my country and my soldiers who stand at the border for me and my fellow Indians. I am shocked by your statement. Today, when we are expected to stand together as Indian, you are concerned about your personal gain and your so called pathetic party. Simple question, are you an Indian?



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