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BIG Embarrassment For Congress: Army Contradicts UPA-era Surgical Strikes Claim, Says First Was Conducted In September 2016

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Published:


  • Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh reiterated the RTI response that the first surgical strike was conducted in September 2018, under the Prime Minister Narendra Modi government.
  • Furthermore, he solidated the success of the Balakot air strikes conducted by the the Indian Air Force on Pakistani terrorist infrastructures. 

The Congress party that has time and again challenged the claims of the surgical strike conducted by the PM Modi-government was put on hold by the Army on Monday in a press brief.

Interacting with the media, Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh citing the RTI application filed by PTI reiterated that the first surgical strike was in fact conducted on September 2016. 

He said, "As long it's about the security forces, a response to RTI has said that the first surgical strike was conducted on September 2016. Apart from that, the way the political parties give statements, I wouldn't want to get into that but they will get their answer through the government but I have given you a fact that was recently answered by the Ministry of Defence." 

Furthermore, he solidated the success of the Balakot air strikes that was conducted by the Indian Air Force on Pakistani terrorist infrastructures on February 26, in retaliation to the Pulwama terror attack that martyred 40 CRPF Jawans. 

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He said, "Reaction of the Indian Airforce on 26 February for carrying out air strikes in Balakot terrorist infrastructure was indeed laudable. It was a major achievement wherein. The Pakistanis carried out their air operations very close to the LoC but they were given a befitting reply." 

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on May 4 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. 

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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)