After Prime Minister Narendra Modi, now it is union minister and former chief of Army Staff General V K Singh, who came down heavily upon Congress’s claim of carrying out six surgical strikes during UPA’s tenure. While Modi ridiculed Congress claim as a reference to video game, VK Singh, the BJP candidate from Ghaziabad said that “Congress has a habit of lying”.
He also accused that Congress must have “hired some Goupta to invent another story”. V K Singh took to Twitter and said, “Congress has a habit of lying. Will you please let me know which ‘So-called Surgical Strike’ are you attributing to my tenure as COAS. Am sure you must have hired some Coupta to invent another story.”
It may be recalled that the Congress party on Thursday declared that as many as ‘six surgical strikes‘ were conducted during the tenure of Manmohan Singh-led UPA governments starting from the one in 2008 in the Bhattal sector in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch.
Congress leader Rajiv Shukla listed the surgical strikes’ details while addressing a press conference in the national capital. He said, “One was conducted on June 19, 2008, in Bhattal Sector in J&K’s Poonch, one from Aug 30-September 1, 2011 in Sharda Sector across Neelam River Valley in Kel… One surgical strike was carried out on January 6, 2013, at Sawan Patra checkpost; one on July 27 and July 28, 2013, at Nazapir Sector; August 6, 2013, at Neelam Valley; and one on January 14, 2014.”