Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao boasted that the UPA had conducted as many as 11 surgical strikes when in power. BJP’s Zafar Islam questioned the UPA’s response after the 26/11 attack
Telangana: Telangana Rashtra Samithi leader and chief minister, K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR), took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said that during the UPA, 11 surgical strikes were conducted without any publicity.
KCR, who was a Union minister in former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's cabinet further said, "These are strategic attacks carried by them and also by us. It keeps happening on the border."
KCR who was minister for labour and employment in Manmohan Singh's cabinet in 2004-06, spoke about the supposed surgical strike during an election rally in Miryalaguda where he targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi for creating hype over surgical strikes to garner votes.
The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief said that while Modi claimed that 300 people died in the Balakot attack, JeM leader Masood Azhar said not even an ant was killed.
"Do you seek votes by creating hype on such issues, leaving real issues like poverty, problems of farmers and economy aside," Rao asked.
Chandrasekhar Rao who was speaking hours after PM Modi had addressed an election rally in Telangana, alleged that the Prime Minister uttered lies.
National spokesperson of the BJP, Zafar Islam spoke to MyNation and questioned the UPA on their silence post the dastardly terror attack at Mumbai’s Taj on November 26.
“The Army wanted to retaliate and conduct a surgical strike during the 26/11 but they were not given permission to do so,” said Zafar Islam.
He further highlighted that the surgical attack took place after the Uri attack, “After the Pulwama attack, we conducted the Air strike. But the UPA didn’t do such a thing,” added the BJP spokesperson.
The Directorate General of Military Operations (DGMO) of the Army replied to an RTI query in the 2017 stating that the Army had no records of a surgical strike before September 29, 2016.
In a reply, the DGMO said, “This section does not maintain records of any other surgical strikes, if any conducted earlier.”
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Last Updated Mar 30, 2019, 7:04 PM IST