Congress Disavows Digvijaya Singh's Remark About Supporting Military Actions in the National Interest
As soon as Congress leader Digvijaya Singh's comments regarding the 2016 surgical strike caused a rift, the grand old party on Monday distanced itself from the issue.
Jairam Ramesh, the communication coordinator for the All India Congress Committee (AICC), tweeted: "Senior leader Digvijaya Singh's opinions are entirely his own and do not represent those of the Congress. Surgical strikes were conducted by the UPA administration prior to 2014. All military operations that are in the interests of the country have received and will get approval from Congress."
After Singh questioned the surgical strikes on Monday while addressing the crowd on the Bharat Jodo Yatra in Jammu and Kashmir, this happened.
He said, "They (the Centre) speak about surgical attacks and how many of them they have killed, but there is no evidence.
Earlier in the day, the Bharatiya Janata Party said that the opposition party has insulted the military forces and has been "blinded" by its "hatred" for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, adding that such claims are being made at the direction of the highest leadership of the Congress.
The "character" of the Congress party, according to BJP national spokesman Gaurav Bhatia, is to make "irresponsible statements."
"On Rahul Gandhi's orders, Congress leaders are doing Bharat todo. Digvijaya Singh has come to represent making hateful comments. The Army has unwavering and unaffected political trust. If the Army claimed that a surgical strike occurred, you would similarly keep demanding evidence. This demonstrates your lack of confidence in our Army "said Bhatia.
"Congress has a reputation for making careless comments. They won't be allowed to talk positively about the Indian Army, however. Rahul Gandhi and Digvijaya Singh seem to be completely blinded by their animosity for Narendra Modi. They are not even aware of their obligations "Added he.
In response to the Congress leader's statement, defence expert Praful Bakshi stated that the Indian Army is not required to provide documentation regarding the surgical strikes it carried out in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, and that the government is aware that disclosing such information is "against the policy of the army."
The expert advised Congress to "ask the Pakistanis" if it wanted to see the evidence.