With several opposition leaders questioning the success of the recent Indian Air Force (IAF) airstrikes on terror camps in Pakistan’s Balakot, the ruling BJP on Tuesday termed it as a ”conspiracy” which was lowering the morale of the armed forces.
Addressing a press conference in the national capital, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, ”BJP would like to know whether all this tweeting (by Congress leaders on Pulwama terror attack) a part of a conspiracy? Because whatever is being said here is being shown in Pakistan.”
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad: BJP would like to know is all this tweeting (by Congress leaders on #PulwamaTerrorAttack) a part of conspiracy? Because whatever is being said here is being shown in Pakistan. pic.twitter.com/A2BGUugR2E
— ANI (@ANI) March 5, 2019
Key highlights of the briefing:
- Prasad also came down heavily on senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh for calling the Pulwama terror attack on the CRPF convoy an ”accident.” ”Has Digvijaya Singh reduced himself to such a low level that he will call the most heinous terrorist attack on CRPF jawans as an accident? This is their thinking,” Prasad asked.
- Urging the BJP cadres across the nation, the Union Minister asked them to seek questions from the Congress leaders and expose them on questioning the valuor and actions of the armed forces.
- “Prime Minister, some ministers of your government say 300 terrorists killed, BJP president says 250 are killed, Yogi Adityanath says 400 people were killed and your minister SS Ahluwalia says that no one died. And you are silent about this issue. The country wants to know who is a liar in this,” he said.
The IAF carried out the ‘pre-emptive and non-military’ airstrike in less than two weeks after the Jaish terror attack in Pulwama in which more than 40 CRPF personnel lost their lives. JeM had claimed the responsibility of the attack.
IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa on Monday said the fighter planes had hit the target given to them but he cannot give the number of casualties suffered as it is for the government to do so.