In a staunching attack on the Congress party and the opposition for questioning the celebration of 'surgical strike', PM Narendra Modi has said that 'anti-India opposition is engrained in Congress' character'.
While interacting with the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) workers from five different states, he said,
"Even today, the Congress questions the surgical strikes. Congress opposes the government and the forces. They oppose the bravery of the forces. While opposing the government, they are opposing the nation. The 'anti-India opposition' is engrained in Congress' character.
During his speech, the BJP supremo accused the main opposition party of lying to the nation on various issues.
"Everyone knows the ecosystem made by Congress. They claim that Sardar Patel statue is 'made in China. To hide their shameless and lie, they stooped to this level. There is a long list of their lies. They are lying to the people of India. The workers have to become more creative and be more aware."
His attack comes in the wake of a strong opposition put out by Congress relating to the celebration of surgical strikes. Earlier this month, when a circular was issued by the UGC, advising the colleges and universities in the country to celebrate the 'surgical strike day', it was the Congress along with other opposition parties who attacked the government.
On the day of the second anniversary of the surgical strike, Sudhakar Reddy of CPI downplayed the achievement of Indian army saying,
"Why should we celebrate it? This is a routine affair according to the army retired officers. A number of times these type of surgical strikes have taken place. If surgical strike is to be celebrated, how about the Bangladesh liberation, where the India had a big struggle against Pakistan army and defeated it. That is also not being celebrated. This is all BJP's hype to show that they have done something special after they came to the government."
Senior Congress leader and Member of Parliament (MP) Kapil Sibal had said,
"I do not think since independence, we have seen UGC giving any kind of directive of this nature to universities. For UGC, to give a directive is destroying the very independence of the university system. The only motive of this directive is to reap political gains."
West Bengal's education minister Partha Chatterjee also hit out at the government, stating,
"This is BJP's agenda. And, BJP is trying to implement it before elections. They are using UGC for this. We have enough respect for the country and we also respect our armed forces. If they want to pay tribute to the martyrs, we have no objection. But, why celebrate Surgical Strike? It's important to pay tribute to the martyrs. But, this is simply BJP's agenda which is not right. Armed forces have always remained beyond politics. But now, they are trying to politicise armed forces also. This is not right and we will not follow this."