WATCH: Rahul Gandhi Speaks Of 'UPA-era Surgical Strikes' For First Time, Replies To PM Modi's 'Videogame Strike' Attack

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday reiterated his party's newly revealed claim that six Surgical Strikes were carried out during the UPA regime. 

Written By Ankit Prasad | Mumbai | Updated On:

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday reiterated his party's newly revealed claim that six Surgical Strikes were carried out during the UPA regime. 

Addressing a news briefing in New Delhi, Rahul Gandhi hit back at the Prime Minister's own reaction to the Congress list wherein he had likened his opponent party's claims to 'playing video games.'

Rahul Gandhi said:

"See, Army isn't Narendra Modi's personal property. PM thinks the Army, Navy and Air Force are his personal property. These Surgical Strikes haven't been done by the Congress they've been done by the Army of India. And when Narendra Modi says that the Army's Surgical Strikes were video games, he's insulting the Army not the Congress. 

And if you want the record, the list is there.

So see, this work was done by the Army and it is their job. And we don't politicise the Army. The PM should have respect enough to not disrespect the Army."

Here is the list of Surgical Strikes the Congress is claiming, as was mentioned by Rajeev Shukla on Thursday:

  • June 19, 2008, in Bhattal Sector of Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir
  • August 30 - September 1, 2011, in Sharda Sector, across Neelam River Valley in Kel
  •  January 6, 2013, in Sawan Patra checkpost 
  • July 27 - July 28, 2013, at Nazapir Sector
  •  August 6, 2013, in Neelam Valley
  • January 14, 2014, (Army Chief, General Bikram Singh’s statement qua surgical strike on December 23, 2013)

And here's what the Prime Minister had said in response at Sikar, Rajasthan on Friday:

"After facing defeat in the first four phases, Congress has now started a new drama. Yesterday, a senior leader of Congress gave a statement saying that during the UPA government era, many surgical strikes were conducted. Now Congress will somehow prove that they had also performed surgical strikes. Yesterday, they(Congress) also got six dates claiming that they had done surgical strikes on those dates. Think, they are claiming six surgical strikes. What kind of strikes are these which neither the terrorists nor the ones killing them knew about? Does neither Pakistan nor India know about it? Did any of you know about it? Did you all ever read the word 'strike' during the UPA era?"

Explaining the strategy adopted by Congress to cash in on the surgical strike popularity, PM Modi said that they initially denied, then opposed and finally joined in saying 'Me too'.

"Now when the surgical strike had been announced, they(Congress) said that army does this on a regular basis, denying it. But because Indian people trusted me, they stood with me. At first, they (Congress) made fun of the surgical strikes. Once they saw the people's solidarity, they started opposing which made people increase their solidarity chanting Modi Modi. Seeing this trend, they (Congress) decided to use the new strategy saying we have also done surgical strike so that they can get 2-5% of the love that Modi has gained because of it (surgical strike). First, they denied, then they opposed then they said we also have done it saying Me too, Me too. Maybe Congress, which sits in AC rooms, can do strikes on paper."

He continued the attack by saying that the number of surgical strikes which have increased from three to six by the Congress, may increase further as they(Congress) think that surgical strike is done like a video game.

"I also read that another senior Congress leader said that Congress had done three surgical strikes. I feel, that such people, at any age play videogames. Maybe they are enjoying the surgical strikes like a videogame. As four phases of the election have passed, the amount of surgical strikes has also has increased from three to six and by the end of the elections they might say, we performed surgical strikes every day. After the results, they might say 600 strikes were done. When strikes have to be done on paper only, how does it matter to these liars (Congress)."

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