Army gets drawn into row over surgical strike ‘hype’
Chief Plays Down Remark Of Officer Who Had Key Role
New Delhi: Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat on Saturday described as an “individual’s perception” the comments of former Northern Army commander, Lt Gen D S Hooda (Retd), that the 2016 surgical strikes against terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir were overhyped and given a political resonance.
Gen Rawat seemed to distance himself from Lt Gen Hooda’s comments, telling ANI, “These are an individual person’s perception. So let’s not comment on them,” even as he noted that Hooda These (D S Hooda’s remarks) are an individual person’s perception. So let’s not comment on them was one of the main persons involved in the operation and he respected his opinion.
Hooda had said, “Did the overhype help? I say, completely no. If you start having political resonance in military operations, it is not good.” New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took a dig at PM Narendra Modi over Lt Gen D S Hooda’s comments. Modi, he said, was using the armed forces as a personal asset to build political capital.
Referring to the PM as “Mr 36”, Rahul said Gen Hooda had spoken like a true soldier and that the PM had used the surgical strikes for political capital and the Rafale deal to increase industrialist Anil Ambani’s real capital by Rs 30,000 crore.