A day after Kejriwal video, BJP-AAP spar over surgical strikes

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A day after Arvind Kejriwal released a video message “saluting” Prime Minister over surgical strikes along the LoC and urging him to “unmask” Pakistan’s propaganda, the BJP today said his remarks amounted to “seeking proof” of the army action while the AAP hit back saying their rival party was playing politics.

New Delhi: Director General Military Operations (DGMO), Ranbir Singh salutes after the Press Conferences along with External Affairs Spokesperson Vikas Swarup, in New Delhi on Thursday. India conducted Surgical strikes across the Line of Control in Kashmir on Wednesday night. PTI Photo by Shirish Shete
New Delhi: Director General Military Operations (DGMO), Ranbir Singh salutes after the Press Conferences along with External Affairs Spokesperson Vikas Swarup, in New Delhi on Thursday. India conducted Surgical strikes across the Line of Control in Kashmir on Wednesday night. PTI Photo by Shirish Shete

The Aam Aadmi Party activated its machinery after BJP projected Kejriwal’s remarks to be questioning the Indian Army’s assertion.

Delhi BJP was quick to stage a demonstration outside Kejriwal’s residence while Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the Chief Minister gave Pakistan a chance to question India’s position.

Preempting political damage, Kejriwal spoke to reporters in Jodhpur, put out a series of tweets while senior AAP leaders briefed the media.

The party also staged a protest near the Pakistan High Commission here led by its Delhi Convenor Dilip Pandey.

AAP minister Kapil Mishra also attacked J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti at an event accusing her of “sheltering terrorists” and sought to know whether she considers as terrorists slain militant Burhan Wani and executed Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

“Why is the BJP cosying up to those who shelter terrorists? What is the compulsion of allowing someone to occupy the chair who does not love the country, who does not say Afzal Guru a terrorist…BJP should answer it,” Mishra told reporters.

However, Kejriwal didn’t entirely abandon his yesterday’s position as he and the party continued to demand the Centre take steps to counter Pakistan’s propaganda and the “remarks by a UN (United Nationa) spokesperson”.

“This false propaganda needs to be effectively countered.

No point attacking me. I am wid u. Lets together expose Pak.

BJP, I m convinced that strikes took place. But intl media publishing Pak propaganda that no strike took place. Lets expose Pak propaganda (sic),” Kejriwal said in a series of tweets.

At the Jodhpur civil airport, Kejriwal told reporters, “I have supported the Prime Minister, applauded the army. I only said Pakistan is spreading false propaganda in the world that surgical strikes did not happen. We all believe that surgical strikes took place.”

Rejecting BJP’s criticism, Kejriwal accused it of playing politics over surgical strikes and asked why was the party “scared” when he had only asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to counter the false propaganda by Pakistan.

AAP leader Sanjay Singh told reporters it was up to the Centre on how it plans to “expose Pakistan’s lies”. He was asked whether the party wants videos of the strike to be released. .

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