This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
The Union Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, has today criticized Chief Minister Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, and senior Congress leader, P Chidambaram, for asking the government to release video evidence of the surgical strike conducted by the Indian Army across the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir last week.
In his remarks, Mr Prasad alleged that “why is Kejriwal being swayed by the Pakistani propaganda? Kejriwal ji, there is a tradition to remain united at a time of crisis.” Prasad stressed that Kejriwal is “now making headlines in Pakistan” for his doubts over Indian Army’s operation in which 50 suspected terrorists were gunned down. He warned that “Kejriwal must not mix politics with national security,” adding that “my question to Kejriwal is whether he believes in the extreme valour of the Indian Army.” Prasad requested the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader to “not demoralise the Army” by asking for the proof.
At the same time, Prasad attacked senior Chidmabaram and sought clarity about whether the former Finance Minister’s comments were official statement of the Congress party or just his own demand. He alleged that “I want to ask him if he is also joining the bandwagon of doubting the capacity of our jawans in conducting surgical strikes.” Mr. Chidmabaram on Monday had stressed that the government should give proof of the surgical strikes conducted on September 28 night in which the army destroyed seven terror launch pads in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.