Guwahati: On Monday, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma slammed Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao for asking the Centre for proof of the Indian Army’s surgical strikes in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) in September 2019.
“On the one-year anniversary of the Pulwama attack, the opposition has insulted our martyrs once again by questioning the surgical strike,” Sarma wrote on Twitter, sharing a video of Rao’s press conference, in which he demanded proof.
“Even today, I am asking for the proof,” Rao said on Sunday. Let India’s government lead the way (the proof). The BJP spreads false information, which is why people demand it.”
Since last week, the two CMs have been at odds over the issue of surgical strikes.
The squabble began on Friday, when the Assam Chief Minister said at an election rally, “Look at these people’s mentality.” General Bipin Rawat was the country’s pride and joy. Under his leadership, India carried out a surgical strike in Pakistan. Rahul Gandhi insisted on seeing evidence of the strike.
Have we ever asked you to prove that you are Rajiv Gandhi’s son? What right do you have to ask my Army for proof?”
Following this, Telangana Chief Minister KCR urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Jagat Prakash Nadda to sack Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal for his remarks about Rahul Gandhi.
“I believe that questioning the Army whether or not they have carried out the surgical strike is the biggest crime,” Sarma said in a rebuttal to KCR. My remark about Congressman Rahul Gandhi enraged him (Telangana Chief Minister KCR), but Rahul Gandhi’s remark about our Army did not.”
After 19 Indian Army soldiers were killed at a base camp in Uri in September 2016, the Indian Army launched surgical strikes in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
The Pulwama attack, in which 40 people were killed in an attack on a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14, 2019, is being commemorated in India today.