Kejriwal expresses support to PM, urges him to unmask Pak
As his video message, demanding Prime Minister Narendra Modi to release the video of ‘surgical strikes’ carried out at terror launch pads in Pakistan lead to an acrimonious debate between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday maintained that his party was with the PM over the move.
The AAP national convenor said his party wanted PM Modi to give a ‘befitting reply’ to Islamabad’s claims that no such operation took place.
“Pakistan is spreading a false propaganda on surgical strikes and is telling the international media that no surgical strikes took place. The Prime Minister should give Pakistan a befitting reply,” Kejriwal said in Jodhpur.
“We all know that surgical strikes were conducted. In my video, I have appealed to the Prime Minister that we all will have to give Pakistan a befitting reply over its propaganda on surgical strikes,” he added.
Extending his support to PM Modi, Kejriwal said: “We will support whatever steps he (PM) takes (on exposing Pakistan’s propaganda).”
Kejriwal’s remarks came after Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad attacked him for supposedly seeking proof of the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army across the Line of Control (LoC).
Replying to Prasad, Kejriwal said: “I am very sad to know that Ravi Shankar Prasad is saying that I am doing politics over this issue. It is the BJP which is doing politics. Why is the BJP so much rattled if we say that we have to give a befitting reply to Pakistan on its false propaganda on surgical strikes?”
Meanwhile, the AAP also stood by its leader Kejriwal.
Senior party leader Sanjay Singh has urged the PM to reveal the truth about the surgical strikes and put to rest all conjectures being circulated international and Pakistani media. He reiterated “there is no question on the PM or the valour of the Indian Army”.
Singh asked Prasad to understand the purpose of the video released by Kejriwal on Monday before reacting.
“In the video, Arvind Kejriwal has saluted the Prime Minister, saying Bharat Mata ki jai (Hail Mother India!). He said that the Indian Army enhanced the prestige of the country through the surgical strikes. International, especially Pakistani media, are spreading wrong news, claiming that India did not conduct any surgical strike,” said Singh.
He added, “The entire world is a victim of terrorism. We said that the PM should put an end to the claims by international and Pakistani media by giving them an apt reply by revealing the truth about the surgical strikes.”