Godda (Jharkhand): Amidst debates over the casualties inflicted after air strikes carried out by the Indian Air Force in Pakistan, BJP president Amit Shah on Tuesday claimed that those who tied the hands of the Indian Army during their rule are now raising questions on the potential of our brave soldiers.
Slamming the Opposition for raising questions against the authenticity of Pulwama terror attack and air strikes carried out by India Air Force, Shah said: “The party (Congress) which ruled the longest time in the country had tied up the hands of our mighty Army, and its leaders are now questioning the strength of our brave soldiers. In this race, Madhya Pradesh leader (Digvijay Singh) seems to be at the top.”
Shah further stated that Wing Cdr. Abhinandan Varthaman was brought back to India from Pakistan within 48 hours due to the efforts made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “A few days back Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan who was captured by Pakistan was released within 48 hours due to the efforts made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi government. It was our commitment that made Pakistan give Abhinandhan back to us.”
Highlighting the efforts made by BJP for bringing development in the tribal and Dalit areas of the state, Shah said: “Within 5 years, the Narendra Modi government has fulfilled all the demands of Jharkhand. The BJP is the government of Dalits, poor and tribals.”
“The BJP has given Rs 9,000 crore for the development of tribal brothers and sisters of the country. People of Jharkhand came to about development when Raghubar Das ji’ government ruled in the State and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Centre,” Shah observed.
“There was Sonia-Manmohan’s government at the Centre for 10 years. I want to ask what their government did for Jharkhand,” he added.
Earlier in the day, Digvijaya had termed the dastardly Pulwama terror attack an “accident” and said that “doubt” expressed in some foreign media reports over the February 26 IAF air strike is putting a question mark on the credibility of the Indian government.
Singh, a former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, made the remarks while tweeting in Hindi.
He said after the Pulwama “durghatna” (accident) and the Indian Air Force (IAF) strike, “sandeh” (doubt) is being expressed in some foreign media reports following which “vishwasniyata” (credibility) of the government is under question.
In another tweet on Tuesday, Singh questioned the casualty claim in the air strike and demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi to come clear on the same.
“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.
Singh’s statement came at a time when many opposition leaders are raising questions on the Balakot strike by the Indian Air Force and are asking for proof and the exact casualty inflicted on terrorists.