Rahul: Surgical strikes used for political gains Says soldiers used to score political points
New Delhi, Dec. 8: Congress president Rahul Gandhi attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday over a retired Army officer’s remarks that it would have been better if the 2016 surgical strikes were carried out secretly, alleging that the PM used the military action for “political capital”.
Lt Gen. (retd) D.S. Hooda, responding to a question during a panel discussion at the Military Literature Festival in Chandigarh had said in hindsight, it would have been better had “we done it (surgical strikes) secretly”.
Mr Hooda was the Northern Army commander when Indian troopers carried out the surgical strikes on September 29, 2016 across the Line of Control (LoC) as a response to a terror attack in Uri earlier that month.
Taking to Twitter, Mr Gandhi said: “Spoken like a true soldier General. India is so proud of you. Mr 36 has absolutely no shame in using our military as a personal asset. He used the surgical strikes for political capital and the Rafale deal to increase Anil Ambani’s real capital by 30,000 crore #SurgicalStrike (sic).”
Congress’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala thanked Mr Hooda for “exposing the petty politicisation by Prime Minister Modi”.
“No one can use the valour and sacrifice of our brave soldiers to score cheap political points. Modiji is squarely guilty of compromising National Security & Strategic Interests by unwarranted chest thumping!” he wrote on Twitter.
Mr Hooda had also said the initial euphoria about the success of the surgical strikes was natural but the constant maintenance of the hype around the military operation was unwarranted.
Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi, at a press conference in
New Delhi, alleged that “this government is guilty of the most crass and cheap politicisation of the Army”.
“Anonymity of the Army is its biggest strength and it was maintained by every government except this one. But we are grateful that some amount of truth is coming out, and it is coming out at the highest level,” he said.