Within days of the Opposition, led by the Congress, hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the surgical strikes on terror launchpads in PoK, senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh called PM Modi and NSA Mr Ajit Doval as ‘war mongers.’
He said this while replying to a question whether India and Pakistan can afford a war.
The announcement about the surgical strikes, which reportedly caused significant casualties to terrorists, was made at a joint press conference led by the Indian Army’s Director General of Military Operations Lt Gen. Ranbir Singh and the Ministry of External Affairs.
Digvijaya Singh also asserted that the recent surgical strikes were not the first mission ever, as several of its kind was undertaken during the UPA regime. He added that his predecessor, Manmohan Singh took opposition parties and leaders into confidence and asked them not to publicize the issue because, ‘what was more important for the prime minister was peace between Pakistan and India so that India’s economic growth is not hampered’.
“The only difference is this chest-thumping and media sort of going overboard. This never happened before because the earlier Prime Minister thought these issues are best left to be dealt with by the security forces,” Singh said.
Former Army chief, Gen Bikram Singh came on record earlier to say that such strikes by Indian soldiers have taken place in the past as well, including in the wake of the decapitation of two Indian soldiers in January 2013 when Manmohan Singh’s UPA was in power.
Singh also pointed out that while the BJP has told its people not to indulge in chest-thumping, ‘the chest thumping is done by Amit Shah and down the line’.
His comments came as he reacted to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan who while praising the Prime Minister for the surgical strikes said Modi’s “56-inch” chest had now swelled to “100 inches”.
Earlier, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi appreciated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for launching surgical strikes but took a dig saying that it was for the first time in last two-and-a-half years that Modi acted as per his stature as Prime Minister of the country.