Cong accuses Modi govt of politicising ‘surgical strikes’

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New Delhi: The Congress today accused the Modi government and the BJP of politicising the September 2016 ‘surgical strikes’ after a video of the same was released and said “the blood and sacrifice of the country’s brave soldiers cannot be a political vote garnering tool for them”.

Addressing a press conference, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala charged that while on the one hand the Modi government is seeking credit for the sacrifice and valour of the armed forces, on the other it has failed to provide direction and vision to deal with Pakistan .

He also accused the government of meting out step-motherly treatment to the armed forces by not providing them with state-of-the-art equipment and slashing their budgetary allocation.

“Let the ruling dispensation remember that the blood and sacrifice of our brave soldiers cannot become a political vote garnering tool for the Modi Government and the BJP,” he told reporters, alleging “the surgical strikes of September 28 and 29, 2016 were shamelessly politicised by the BJP for the March 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.”

“On the one hand, the Modi Government/BJP indulge in seeking credit for the sacrifice of our soldiers and surgical strikes, yet the Government has utterly failed to provide the direction, the vision and the policy for dealing with Pakistan and checkmating Pak-sponsored terrorism,” he charged.

Surjewala said the “apathy” and “incapacity” of the Modi Government has resulted in the sacrifice of 146 soldiers, more than 1,600 ceasefire violations by Pakistan and 79 terrorist attacks post September 2016. PTI