Amidst all the propaganda revolving around the heat between India and Pakistan, Chief Minister of Delhi state Arvind Kejriwal accused BJP of playing politics over the anti-terror surgical strikes across the Line of Control.
“I have supported the Prime Minister, applauded the army. I only said that Pakistan is spreading false propaganda in the world that surgical strikes did not happen. We all believe that surgical strikes took place,” Kejriwal said.
However, BJP stated that Kejriwal had questioned the army’s assertion on surgical strike and insulted the armed forces. “I had only appealed to the PM that a befitting reply should be given to Pakistan. If I said that we have to counter Pakistan’s false propaganda then why is the BJP so rattled and scared? We all have to counter Pakistan’s propaganda and we should all, irrespective of the party, strengthen PM’s hands in this,” Kejriwal said.
Claiming that Kejriwal “sought proof” on the anti-terror operation, the BJP asked him not to belittle the armed forces by getting influenced by Pakistani “propaganda.”
Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad questioned the AAP leader’s faith in the Indian Army. On the same day, BJP workers staged protests outside Kejriwal’s residence, accusing him of a pro-Pakistan stance and demanding his resignation. Hundreds of BJP supporters, led by Delhi unit chief Satish Upadhyay and leader of opposition in the Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta, raised slogans, “Jo Hafeez Saeed ka yaar hai, desh ka gaddar hai” (Those who are friends with Hafeez Saeed are traitors).
Regardless of his defense, the kind of comments made by Mr. Kejriwal were very demeaning and insulting to the brave jawans of the Indian Army.