New Delhi, Mar 4: Reacting to BJP president Amit Shah claiming that "more than 250" terrorists were killed in the Balakot air strike, the Congress on Monday demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi tell the nation from where the figures were coming.
Talking to reporters here, AICC spokesperson R P N Singh said, "BJP president Amit Shah said that more than 250 terrorists were killed in the Balakot air strike. We want to ask the Prime Minister as to where the figures are coming from. He should tell the nation about this.’’
Accusing the Prime Minister of pointing a finger at the Congress for politicising the air strikes, Mr Singh said, "we have seen the PM repeatedly pointing fingers at the Congress for politicising the air strikes. Since the last few days, the PM and the BJP have charged the Congress with politicising the strikes.
Unfortunately, false propaganda is being spread in this regard. On the day of the terrorist attack on Pulwama, Congress president Rahul Gandhi had given a message to the Congress party to stand with the government and the armed forces. The Congress has all along lauded the valour of the army and the Indian Air Force. If someone has politicised the air strikes, it is the BJP chief when he said that more than 250 terrorists were killed in the Balakot air strikes."
Demanding to know why neither the Prime Minister nor the Government had given these figures, he stated "In fact, today the IAF chief said that giving figures is not the job of the Indian Air force but that of the Government. A minister in the union Government S S Ahluwalia is also quoted as having said that “has the PM ever said 300 people have died”. In fact, if someone has insulted the armed forces, it is the PM when he said that if Rafale jets had been there the result would have been different. He should apologise to the IAF for his remarks.’’
Mr Singh said the the people of the country would give a befitting reply to the BJP for its lies. Addressing an election rally on Sunday in Gujarat, BJP president Amit Shah claimed that "more than 250" terrorists were killed in the February 26 Balakot air strikes.(UNI)