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