Surgical strikes row: Digvijaya’s comments ridiculous, armed forces need not provide evidence, says Rahul Gandhi

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Surgical strikes row: Digvijaya’s comments ridiculous, armed forces don’t have to provide evidence, says Rahul Gandhi (Image: Twitter/Rahul Gandhi)

Surgical strikes row: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who denounced Digvijaya Singh for questioning surgical strikes, called his comments “ridiculous” on Tuesday and said the armed forces are doing their job “exceptionally well” and need not provide any evidence.

Facing a slew of questions from the media over Singh’s comments about surgical strikes and the Pulwama terror attack, Gandhi said he and the party were in complete disagreement with his statement. “There are people who say ridiculous things in conversation. I’m sorry to say about a senior leader, he said something ridiculous,” Gandhi told a news conference in Jammu and Kashmir.

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“We have full confidence in our military. When the military is performing a task, there is no need to provide any evidence. I completely disagree with his statement and this is the official position of the congress party that it is a personal position of Digvijaya Singh.” he added.

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Singh had questioned the surgical strikes on Monday and accused the government of lying. Singh held a public rally at the Bharat Jodo Yatra at J&K claiming that the government did not agree to the CRPF request to fly its personnel from Srinagar to Delhi and that 40 soldiers sacrificed their lives in Pulwama in 2019 to a terror attack.

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“They talk about surgical strikes. They claim to have killed so many people but no evidence is provided. They rule by spreading a bundle of lies,” said the former Prime Minister of Madhya Pradesh, who has often caused controversy with his remarks.

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Asked about the action Congress is taking against Singh, Gandhi said the Congress is a democratic party and “not a dictatorship.” “We do not run our party on the principle of coercion. We do not value Singh’s personal views. But views of the party are above those of Digvijaya Singh. The views come from the conversation within the party. I want to assure you that his views… are not views held by the center of the party,” he said.

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“It is absolutely clear to us that the armed forces are doing their job. They are doing it extremely well. They don’t have to provide evidence for anything,” he said.

Gandhi said it is in the culture of the Congress to allow talks. “Sometimes those conversations take place and people with extreme views express their views. However, in BJP and RSS, there is no practice of conversation. Once they decide something, no one can talk after that,” he added.

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