Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Lucknow to celebrate this year’s Dusshera ahead of crucial assembly elections. And his supporters have made every effort to ensure that surgical strikes across the LoC by the Indian army is adequately sold to reap electoral advantage.
Outside the Dusshera celebration venue, the BJP workers have carefully plastered the walls with posters bearing Modi’s photo as a hero while caption said, “Lucknow welcomes avengers of Uri.”
This despite the fact that 29 Septemeber’s surgical strikes weren’t the first ever as claimed by some BJP leaders. There were at least three major cross-border military operations under Manmohan Singh government, as reported by jantakareporter.com, but the then prime minister or his party never made any political noise about it.
The BJP and Modi have lately earned widespread condemnation for seeking electoral advantage using military exercise. The Party president Amit Shah was recently forced to address a news conference, where he made desperate attempts to reject charges of politicising surgical strikes.
Even Modi on Sunday had said that this year’s Vijaya Dashami is “very special” for the country, an apparent reference to the Army’s surgical strikes on terror launch pads across LOC. He had stressed that a “very capable” armed forces is a must for a strong nation.
“We will celebrate Vijaya Dashami in the coming days. This year’s Vijaya Dashami is very special for the country,” he said, evoking a thunderous applause from the audience at a function at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi.
A whopping 82% respondents, who took part in our online poll, too had felt that the BJP was responsible for politicising the surgical strikes carried out across the LoC on 29 September.