Pankaja Munde is the Minister for Women and Child Welfare in the Maharashtra cabinet.
BJP leader Pankaja Munde today took the political discourse down a further notch, suggesting that those sceptical about the surgical strikes conducted by the army would be convinced only if the explosives were strapped onto Congress chief Rahul Gandhi.
“We conducted the surgical strike after a cowardly attack on our soldiers. Some people ask what the surgical strikes was about, and what’s the evidence that they even happened. I say we should have attached a bomb to Rahul Gandhi and sent him to another country. Then they would have understood,” news agency ANI quoted Ms Munde, a minister in the cabinet of Devendra Fadnavis, as saying at a rally in the state’s Jalna Lok Sabha constituency.
The army had conducted surgical strikes on terror camps across the Line of Control on September 29, 2016, eleven days after four heavily armed Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists killed 19 soldiers in an attack on an army base in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri.
The comment is likely to spark yet another controversy at a time the Election Commission has advised political parties against using the armed forces to win votes in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls.
Opposition parties have alleged that the BJP-led central government has been citing military operations such as the surgical strikes and the recent air strikes in Pakistan’s Balakot to create the impression that only a government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi…