Opposition parties in India start raising doubts on surgical strikes


Indian opposition parties have started questioning the BJP led government’s claim of a surgical strike in Azad Kashmir.

The opposition parties have demanded the government to give proof of its claim because Pakistan has been categorically denying that no surgical strike has taken place and only there have been ceasefire violations on the Line of Control.

Reports in the Indian media said that highly upset over the opposition demands and questions being raised about surgical strike, the BJP has sought to corner opposition parties over the unending political slugfest over the surgical strikes as the party eyes gains in the forthcoming assembly polls in five states by projecting PM Narendra Modi as a strong leader.

BJP is now putting the responsibility of the surgical strike claim on the armed forces saying it was the director general of military operations who announced that surgical strikes were carried out across the Line of Control.

However, the opposition continues to accuse BJP of seeking political mileage out of the operation. When UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav came out in support of Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi’s “Khoon ki dalali” remark on Monday, BJP reacted sharply.

The party cautioned the opposition that their quest to run down BJP and PM Modi should not demoralise the armed forces.

“We have no issues if the opposition attacks the Prime Minister and BJP. But they are crossing the ‘Laxman Rekha’, which hurts the national interest,” BJP spokesperson Sidharth Nath Singh told media.

He said the Opposition’s stance was “dangerous” as it was demoralising for the armed forces. Taking a dig at Akhilesh’s support for Rahul’s remarks, Singh advised the UP chief minister to be “careful” of his uncle Shivpal Yadav