Pulwama attack : Is BJP ‘Politicising’ the attack ?

The tensions between India and Pakistan spiralling along the LOC has caught everyone’s attention. On 26 February, Indian Air Force took the revenge for the brave sons of mother India. IAF carried out an aerial surgical strike on Pakistan as a retaliating action against the Pulwama attack.

But just like during the first surgical strike, the Opposition, this time also slams BJP and has asked for the evidence of the strike. The representatives of 21 political parties met on Wednesday and expressed their anguish over BJP’s “blatant politicisation of the sacrifices made by Indian armed forces”.

The Parties praised the bravery and valour of IAF officers and simultaneously went on to express their concerns over the credit-seeking policy of BJP.

The ‘Mahagathbandhan’ again.

During a rally in Gazipur, while praising our IAF officers, Amit Shah addressed the gathering and told that only Modi can give a fitting reply to the Pakistan. He then also asked people to vote for BJP in upcoming Loksabha elections. Concerning over the matter, the representatives of 21 Political Parties met at the Parliament library Building and released a joint statement slamming the ‘saffron party’ for politicising the matter of national security. The meeting took place shortly after the Pakistan violated the Indian airspace. The joint committee released a statement urging the government to take the nation into the confidence.

Rahul Gandhi mentioned :

“The meeting of 21 parties expressed their deep anguish over the blatant politicization of the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces by leaders of the ruling party. National security must transcend narrow political considerations. The Prime Minister has, regrettably, not convened an-all party meeting as per the established practice in our democracy.”

The statement came out after two hours of brainstorming. They also showed their concern over the protection and ‘safety’ of then missing IAF pilot, Abhinandan Varthaman.

Along with Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Former PM Manmohan Singh, Ghulam Nabi Azad and A.K.Antony, these were the other leaders that attended the meeting – Sharad Pawar (NCP), Chandrababu Naidu (TDP), Mamata Banerjee (TMC), Sharad Yadav (LJD), T. Shiva (DMK), Sitaram Yechuri (CPI-M), Satish Chandra Mishra (BSP), Manoj Jha (RJD), Sanjay Singh (AAP), Sudhakar Reddy (CPI), Danish Ali (JD-S), Shibu Soren (JMM), Upendra Kushwaha (RLSP), Ashok Kumar Singh (JVM), Jitan Ram Manjhi (HAM), Kodandaram (TJS), K.G. Kenye (NPF), K. Jose Mani (KC-M), P.K. Kunhalikutty (IUML) and Raju Shetty (Swabhimani Paksha).

“Concerned” Opposition asked for the PROOF.

Similar to questioning the earlier strike, many leaders from the Opposition has asked the Government for the evidence of the aerial strike. Congress leader and former PM minister, Manmohan Singh, Kapil Sibbal, Randeep Surjewala, TMC head Mamta Banerjee, BSP supremo Mayawati and Delhi’s Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal are among the leaders that asked for the proof about the operation and numbers.

Congress senior leaders P. Chidambaram and Kapil Sibbal targeted the government by raising the questions regarding casualty numbers found Prime minister ‘guilty of politicising the matter’

“Modi ji must answer as the international media like New York Times, Washington Post, London-based Jane Information group, Daily Telegraph, the Guardian and Reuters, are reporting that there is no proof of militant losses at Balakot in Pakistan” – Sibbal stated

In his tweet, while pointing out to PM, he further added “You are guilty of politicising terror.”

The Congress spokesperson, Randeep Surjewala also targeted Prime Minister and asked him to clear his doubt regarding the ‘numbers’.
“Modi ji, your central minister is denying TV news that prime minister Modi has never confirmed the killing of 300 terrorists in IAF air strikes in Pakistan. Ïs it true. If not, the prime minister should tell the truth to the country.” he said on Twitter.

Mamta Banerjee also appeared in the list of leaders who questioned the bravery of their own army men.From the very beginning, we have been hearing on national television channels that 300-350 persons have died in the air strike. We want to know how many people actually died. Did anyone die at all? Where were the bombs dropped? Were the bombs dropped in the right place?” she said.

Arvind Kejriwal pointed his all guns towards the Government and directly questioned them that : Was the strike deliberately constituted by the government to get an advantage in the upcoming elections?

In his tweet he mentioned,
“The country cannot tolerate that when there is tension with Pakistan our Prime Minister is busy with strengthening booth. BJP is counting corpses and seats. Was all this on the Indo-Pak border done by you for it?”

Pakistan dancing on the tunes of Opposition.

It seems like Pakistan was looking for this opportunity. The Pakistani media has emphasized on the statements of various Opposition leaders asking for the “proof” of aerial strike. Using the joint statement of the Opposition, Pakistan’s Shah Mehmood Qureshi said :

“Today, the 21 Opposition parties in India have also told the BJP not to play politics on this matter. The Opposition parties of India have said that BJP is using the Pulwama attack for elections, they are politicising the matter.”

The Statement from the Opposition parties has became a tool for Pakistani media to discredit the Indian agencies. It seems like we have given a trump card to them to make a joke of our Political system. When the internal parties are asking about the evidence, how can we even show the ‘confidence’ (that Rahul Gandhi talks about) in them?

  • Reactions from the Government

Senior BJP leader and Union Minister, Arun Jaitley burst out on Opposition for questioning the Balakot attack. In his detailed blog, he mentioned how at the time of war in 1971 Atal Bihari Vajpayee supported the Government and every one showed the spirit of sportsmanship and nation spoke in a unanimous voice.

He specially mentioned the disappointed words of Former PM, Manmohan Singh who expressed that he was ‘highly’ disturbed with the “mad rush of mutual self-destruction” by India and Pakistan.

Jaitely responded to Mr. Manmohan Singh by mentioning : “He further developed a theory of parity and equivalence between both India (victim of terrorism) and Pakistan (perpetrator of terrorism),”

Holding to that he further added
“The media in Pakistan used this statement of 21 Opposition Parties as a trump card. It took the statement as an endorsement of the Pakistani position that India had taken the Balakot action because of the compulsion of its domestic politics and not as a part of its policy to defend the country against terrorism. Not only do they give smiles to Pakistan, they become an important instrument in Pakistan’s hands to discredit India.”

The minister hoped that the Opposition would refrain themselves from asking more questions regarding the evidence and not let the nation down.

News source : Economic times, The Times of India, Deccan Herald and dnaindia.com

Image source: Hindustan Times

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