Union Minister VK Singh has courted a fresh controversy by using mosquitoes analogy to counter those who were questioning his government on the claimed success of the Balakot air strikes by the Indian Air Force.
Taking to Twitter on Wednesday morning, General (retd) Singh wrote, “There were too many mosquitoes at 3.30 am. I used HIT repellent to kill them. Now should I start counting how many mosquitoes I killed or should I sleep peacefully?”
रात ३.३० बजे मच्छर बहुत थे,
तो मैंने HIT मारा।
अब मच्छर कितने मारे, ये गिनने बैठूँ,
या आराम से सो जाऊँ? #GenerallySaying
— Vijay Kumar Singh (@Gen_VKSingh) March 6, 2019
Elsewhere, he was quoted by news agency ANI as saying, “Next time when India does something like that, I feel that those who raise questions should be tied under the aircraft and taken along. When the bombs are dropped, they can see the targets and after that they can get off, count the casualties and come back.”
Singh’s comments come amidst a series of contradictory statements made by his party and cabinet colleagues on the success of the air strikes in Balakot. BJP President Amit Shah said that the air strikes by the Indian Air Force had killed more than 250 terrorists. But Union Minister SS Ahluwalia told reporters in Kolkata that the air strikes were carried out only to frighten Pakistan and not inflict any human casualties.
BJP Spokesperson Sambit Patra had said that more than 300 terrorists were killed in the covert operation of the Indian Air Force. Union Minister Kiren Rijiju, when asked to confirm, had requested to change the topic.
Indian Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa had said that he could not verify the claims on casualties. His deputy Air Vice Marshal Kapoor too had said that it would be too premature to arrive at the number of casualties.