Rahul backs Hooda, says PM used sur­gi­cal strikes for political cap­i­tal

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New Delhi: The Congress came down heav­ily on Prime Minister Naren­dra Modi on Satur­day af­ter Lt.Gen (retd) DS Hooda’s re­marks that the Army’s sur­gi­cal strikes in 2016 should have been kept se­cret rather than us­ing it for political cap­i­tal.

Congress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi tweeted out, “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 Cr. #Sur­gi­calStrike (sic).”

Slam­ming the gov­ern­ment for crass politicisation, Congress spokesper­son Ab­hishek Manu Singhvi said, “It is well known in In­dia and in­deed glob­ally that this sur­gi­cal strike was nei­ther in­vented when Mr Modi was born as Prime Minister nor in­vented with BJP be­came a rul­ing party. There is 70 years, 65 years his­tory of In­dia...well in that his­tory, the ma­tu­rity, the re­straint and the pointed fo­cus re­sult ef­fect ver­sus the hype are known to ev­ery­one prior to this Gov­ern­ment.”

“In fact, this Gov­ern­ment is guilty of the most crass cheap politicisation where anonymity of the army is its big­gest strength and anonymity of the army is work­ing its big strength which has been main­tained by ev­ery Gov­ern­ment ex­cept this one and I think, now, we are grate­ful some amount of truth is com­ing out,” he said.

Congress leader P Chi­dambaram said it was heart­en­ing that per­sons who were in key posts in the gov­ern­ment were “shed­ding their fear and break­ing si­lence” on im­por­tant poli­cies and de­ci­sions.

Lt.Gen (retd) DS Hooda

Congress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi

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