Attacked by the BJP over his comments urging the government to “expose Pakistan’s propaganda” on the surgical strikes across the Line of Control, Arvind Kejriwal today wondered: “What have I said? I supported the government and said we should give a befitting reply.”
The BJP has accused Mr Kejriwal of raising doubts about the surgical strikes.
“Mr Kejriwal, you need to know, today you are the headline in Pakistani media. Politics is separate but please don’t do or say anything whereby our armed forces feel let down,” Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, adding that “nothing could be more unfortunate or painful.”
“When the entire country is united, our chief minister has said something that has prompted Pakistan and its army to raise questions,” sneered the senior BJP leader.
The government has said that it will decide whether or when to share evidence of the strikes last Wednesday, during which troops attacked seven terror launch pads or staging areas in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. Footage and stills were recorded through drones, government sources have said.
Pakistan has accused India of passing off cross-border firing as surgical strikes.
The Delhi Chief Minister all but asked the government to release footage of the strikes, saying that foreign media appears to be backing Pakistan’s claim. “My blood boils to see such reports,” he said.
Mr Kejriwal, a habitual critic of PM Modi, also commented in his nearly three-minute-long video, “I may have 100 differences with the PM, but I salute him for his determination in dealing with Pakistan.”
Mr Prasad retorted: “He said that India has to give a proof for the surgical strike. I want to ask him, does he not trust the Indian army?”