In what comes as a major blow to Rahul Gandhi, senior leader and party Congress General Secretary from Bihar Dr Binod Sharma, on Saturday, has resigned from the party over the continuous demand of party leaders for proof from the Centre on the IAF Air Strike on the JeM terror camps in Pakistan's Balakot.
In his resignation letter to AICC president Rahul Gandhi, he has condemned the demands of proof on IAF air strike by Congress leaders terming it as shameful.
"I have tried to make you aware of party workers and people's feelings through letter and e-mail before, but you ignored it. After the terrorist attack in Pulwama, the entire country is mournful and frustrated. After this, the Indian Air Force took bold action at a terrorist training camp in Pakistan's Balakot, which killed hundreds of terrorists. Today the whole country is proud of the bravery of the army. However, seeking proof of the air strikes and number of terrorists killed in the aftermath by the Congress party is a shameful and childish act.," the Congress leader wrote in the letter.
Further, in his resignation letter, Vinod Sharma provided a reason as to why it is not relevant to question the number of terrorist killed in the air strike, adding that for him the nation is above the party.
"When it is shown that a 70 feet deep pit was formed due to the bomb dropped by the army leaving the surrounding area into a fire shell, then in case of are there any chances that terrorists will survive? At such a time, remarks made by the Congress leaders breaks the morale of the army and boost the morale of the terrorists. Today, the public is looking at the Congress as a Pakistani agent. At this time, I am ashamed to be called a Congress leader. For me, the nation is above the party," he further wrote.
The Congress party leaders have been questioning the Centre for proofs of the IAF air strike which blasted the largest terror camp of Jaish-e-Mohammad in Pakistan on February 26. Congress leaders including Navjot Singh Sidhu questioned the strikes as he posted a tweet on social media, asking for the proof that terrorists were killed in the IAF air strike, by saying "were you uprooting terrorists or trees?"
Moreover, while continuing politicisation of the air strike, the senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal went onto cite foreign media reports, putting more trust in the international media above the forces.
The questioning and doubts from the Opposition came in despite the Indian Air Force giving clear statements about the air strike on the JeM-LeT-HM's Balakot terror camp. Addressing a joint-briefing on March 4 of the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force, Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor had said:
"There is fairly credible evidence with us which proves that there was damage to the camps. Weapons hit the intended target and that they caused the damage that was intended."