Surgical strike: Rahul Gandhi criticised PM Narendra Modi over alleged politicisation of military
Congress president Rahul Gandhi has taken a swipe at the Modi government over a comment by a former Army officer that there was “too much hype” over the surgical strike across the Line of Control two years ago. Lieutenant General DS Hooda (retired), who monitored on live video feed the precision attack on terrorist launch pads in September 2016, had approved the special forces operation in retaliation to the killing of 19 soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri by Pakistani terrorists. He said though the initial euphoria may have been a natural reaction, the “hype” around the operation was unnecessary.
“Spoken like a true soldier General. India is so proud of you. Mr 36 has absolutely no shame in using our military as a personal asset. He used the surgical strikes for political capital and the Rafale deal to increase Anil Ambani’s real capital by 30,000 Cr,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted today.
Ministers in the NDA government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi have often highlighted the surgical strike as an achievement the country should be proud of and not to be kept hidden. The opposition has, however, alleged that the government’s continuous use of the surgical strike narrative amounts to misusing the military’s work for political ends.
General (retired) D S Hooda: I do think there was too much hype over it (surgical strike). The strike was important & we had to do it. Now…