Prime Minister Narendra Modi silenced the Opposition for demoralising security forces and asking for proof of air strikes against terror camps in Pakistan making the enemies smile by issuing statements.
“I want to know from the Congress and its allies why they are demoralising security forces by asking for proof of the air strikes. Why are they issuing such statements that benefit our enemies?” Modi asked while addressing NDA’s Sankalp rally in Patna where he officially kickstarted NDA’s election campaign in Bihar.
Speaking at the rally at Patna’s Gandhi Maidan, PM Modi launched a blistering attack on opposition parties for seeking proof, “The leaders of opposition parties are now doubting our forces’ valour. Just like they questioned the surgical strikes, they are now seeking evidence of airstrikes on terror camps.”
Indian Air Force conducted air strikes at a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist camp in Balakot in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on February 26.
21 Opposition parties including the Congress came together in Delhi speaking against the Modi government for carrying the air strikes.
PM targeted the Opposition’s move and stated that “Congress and its allies are doing things which are enough for making the enemies smile. At a time when there was a need to speak as one against terror factories, 21 parties in Delhi came together to speak against the NDA. People won’t forgive them”.
In his 40-minute long speech during the Sankalp rally, Modi further added the speeches made by the
“Grand Old Party are benefiting Pakistan, which their media is playing on their television.”
Stating that the country won’t forgive such people who are questioning and demanding proof of the air strikes in Balakot, PM further added, “When our forces are handling situations at borders, what are some people inside our country doing? When there was a need to condemn terrorism together, then 21 parties came together to pass a resolution against us.”
Amit Shah, BJP President also blasted on political parties. Repeating PM’s voice he said ‘Opposition leaders do not know what happened. Mamata di asks for proof. Rahul baba says it is being politicised. Akhilesh asks for a probe. Be ashamed that your statements have brought a smile on Pakistan’s face’.
First among the Opposition was West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who had raised questions on the IAF strike and demanded that the government should reveal operational details such as the number of terrorists killed and location of the bombing.
“Where did the bombs fall?” she asked. “Did they fall at the right place? Even we are with the forces, but we want the forces to be given a chance to speak the truth. The country needs to know the truth.”
“We don’t want political ends to be pursued,” Banerjee added. “If it is for the country, we are with the country. But if it is for politics, and for winning elections, we don’t want that.”
We want to know what happened actually. Some are saying initially national TV channels were showing that 300 – 350 people were killed… international media saying one. We want to know how many actually died : @MamataOfficial pic.twitter.com/Jzkv9nHhzB
— All India Trinamool Congress (@AITCofficial) February 28, 2019
Former Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday also demanded proof of the air strikes conducted by the Indian Air Force in Balakot across Line of Control (LoC). Mufti questioned the government’s move and said citizens of the country have every right to question the credibility of the airstrike as the government is being ambiguous about the details.
Mufti went on to add that the air strikes did not help enemies but only put the government of India in a tight spot since they wanted to exploit this and gain benefits ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.
Her reaction came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi attacked the Opposition at his Sankalp Rally in Patna’s Gandhi Maidan and questioned as to why was the ‘Mahagathbandan’ is hell-bent on demoralising the Armed Forces.
Indian Air Force Chief BS Dhanoa today silenced those among the opposition who had latched on to Pakistan’s claim that the IAF strike on Pak’s terror camps caused no casualties, confirming at a press briefing in Coimbatore that the Air Force hit its target, as intended.
Replying to the query of How many terrorists have been killed? the IAF Chief said, “That statement will be made by the government. IAF is not in a position to clarify how many people were inside at that time. We don’t count human casualties, we count what targets we have hit or not hit. the bomb damage assessment calculates how many you have hit or have not been able to hit. We can’t count how many people have died, that depends on how many people were there.”
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley appealed to the Opposition to speak in one voice over the anti-terror operation by Indian Forces after they alleged that the operations were being politicised by the Centre.
In a series of tweets, he said that the entire nation is speaking in one voice following the Pulwama terror attack and India’s pre-emptive strike on Pakistan-backed terror camps across the Line of Control. He questioned the intention of Opposition in its allegation that the Centre is politicising India’s anti-terror operations.
Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri revealed that the central government will release the evidence of Indian Air Force’s air strike in Pakistan at the appropriate time.
Taking a dig at opposition leaders for demanding proof of the air strike, Puri added, “Don’t become anti-nationals…don’t take out your hatred against PM Narendra Modi and BJP on the nation.”
Need for a United India
Indian Air Force (IAF) jets bombed a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camp in the Balakot region of Pakistan in the wee hours of February 26 in retaliation to the Pulwama terror attack which claimed the lives of 40 CRPF jawans.
At a time when the world is gazing on the Indo-Pak tensions, the country has to stand together in the fight against terrorism. The entire nation after Pulwama attack which killed 40 CRPF jawans was filled with a feeling of revenge. Prime Minister Modi keeping a word of promise called on for the air strike as the IAF targeted the terror camps in Pakistan.
The Opposition parties in unison came forward saluting the armed forces for their courage but cornered the efforts of the government and blasting out questions that soon circulated in Pakistan mocking the Union government of India.
Brushing aside the political hatred, had the political parties echoed the central government’s stand, the leaders of the neighbouring country would not have used it as a shield to protect themselves against the charge of promoting terrorism