BIHARPOST NEWS DESK
New Delhi: A claim by BJP chief Amit Shah that more than 250 terrorists were killed in Indian airstrike in Pakistan post Pulwama attack has blown into a major controversy with the opposition questioning the veracity of the claim.
Addressing an election rally in Gujarat on Sunday, Shah reportedly said, “After Uri, our forces went into Pakistan and carried out surgical strikes. They avenged the death of our soldiers. After Pulwama, everyone thought there could be no surgical strikes, what will happen? But under (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi’s leadership, the government carried out an air strike after the 13th day and killed more than 250 terrorists.”
Shah is the first ruling BJP member who came out with a figure though the Armed Forces had said it was not possible to tell the actual number.
The opposition is now questioning the basis of this claim asking as to how did Shah who is the head of a party, come to know about this figure and who provided this figure.
“AVM RGK Kapoor said “it would be premature to say that what is the number of casualties that we have been able to inflict on those camps and what is the number of deaths,” BUT @AmitShah says over 250 Terrorists killed in airstrike. Is this not milking Air Strikes for Politics????” asked Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari.
AVM RGK Kapoor said "it would be premature to say that what is the number of casualties that we have been able to inflict on those camps and what is the number of deaths," BUT @AmitShah says over 250 Terrorists killed in airstrike. Is this not milking Air Strikes for Politics????
— Manish Tewari (@ManishTewari) March 4, 2019
Former minister P Chidambaram too asked the government to clarify how someone is saying that “300-350” has been killed in airstrike when the air force officials refused comment over it.
भारतीय वायुसेना के वाइस एयर मार्शल ने हताहतों पर टिप्पणी करने से इनकार कर दिया। विदेश मंत्रालय के बयान में कहा गया कि कोई नागरिक या सैनिक हताहत नहीं हुआ। तो, हताहतों की संख्या 300-350 किसने बताई?
— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) March 4, 2019
AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal launched even more virulent attack on the Modi government for using airstrike for political gains and making tall claims about huge casualty in the airstrike.
यही सेना भी कह रही है। लेकिन अमित शाह कह रहे हैं कि सेना झूठ बोल रही है, 250 मरे थे। अमित शाह सेना को झूठा बोल रहे हैं। देश ये किसी हाल में बर्दाश्त नहीं करेगा। https://t.co/Y2alUcoPZz
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) March 4, 2019
Shah’s comment came days after several opposition leaders questioned the number of terrorists killed in the airstrike.
Alleging that BJP is using the airstrike issue to garner votes in the upcoming General Elections, several opposition leaders urged the government to provide details of the action taken by the IAF after the Pulwama attack.
Kapil Sibal: PM must speak on reports by int'l media that say hardly anyone died there (in airstrike in Balakot). I want to ask PM, ‘Is int'l media in support of Pak?’ When int'l media speaks against Pak,you feel elated.When they ask questions,it's asking because it supports Pak? pic.twitter.com/S4zLgQKeHa
— ANI (@ANI) March 4, 2019
West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo, Mamata Banerjee, who is known to be a strong critic of the Modi government, questioned the number of militants killed in the airstrike.
The controversy got fuel with former Karnataka Chief Minister and BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa’s statement where he said his party will benefit in the forthcoming polls due to the airstrike.
–THE BIHAR POST/INDIA BLOOMS NEWS SERVICE