War With Pak Not Possible Till Anti-National Kejriwal Is CM: Swamy
The government has accused the opposition of attempting to lower the morale of the armed forces.
In yet another controversial statement, BJP leader Subramaniam Swamy called Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal ‘anti-national’.
Not just this, he even said that India could never go on war with Pakistan till the time such an anti-national character is in power. The statement came after the AAP’s demand for proof over the surgical strikes conducted by the Indian Army in the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK).
Swamy lashed out at Kejriwal while speaking to ANI in New Delhi, “We all know Kejriwal’s anti-national and Naxalite mind. Instead of worrying about securing Delhi, he is running around trying to churn issues.”
On possibilities of war with the erring neighbour, Swamy said that it is for the centre to take a call on whether it could wage a war against Pakistan with Kejriwal in power. He even suggested President’s rule as an alternative to Kejriwal’s government.
India Doesn't Need to Respond to Pakistan
Swamy also said that India doesn’t need to respond to Pakistan’s claims as Pakistan would never take any action, even if furnished with proofs.
Speaking to ANI he said, “We should not respond because Pakistan will never change. We gave them proof on Kasab and Hafiz Saeed. We also allowed them (Pakistan) to come to India for the Pathankot probe and still they did not do anything. So there is no point.”
Swamy did not fail to point out that India’s covert operation has been lauded by international media. He said,“Russia has welcomed our surgical strike and US has said that we have done an excellent job on it. On 3 October, even the Washington Post has given a lead article and China says that India and Pakistan must talk with each other,” Swamy said.
He added that Pakistan should get its doubts clarified with Russia, with whom it just had a joint military exercise.
Government Criticises Opposition for Demanding Proof
The Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) has criticised the opposition’s demand for proofs of the surgical strikes. Such a demand, the party said, not only questions the integrity of the armed forces but also signals that India is divided.
BJP leader Nalin Kohli said, “On the very first day, immediately after the surgical strikes, the Congress party and other political parties immediately complimented, congratulated the government, the armed forces for their bravery, valour displayed during the successful surgical strikes. Now, you can’t ask for proof.”
Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam came down heavily at the government on Tuesday asking it to give proof for the operation carried out as Pakistan was internally shaming India in the lack of evidence.
This evoked strong reaction from BJP and senior leader M Venkaiah Naidu said there was no need to pay heed to these demands of irresponsible Congress leaders.
There is no need to respond to such irresponsible comments and demands. Fortunately, even the Congress party has realised its mistake and they have distanced themselves from the comments made by some of their leaders. The AAP also made it very clear. That being the case I don’t think any Indian citizen doubts the credentials of the commitment of our Indian Army.M Venkaiah Naidu
(With inputs from ANI, The Indian Express)
Subscribe To Our Daily Newsletter And Get News Delivered Straight To Your Inbox.