The Congress party on Wednesday sought to blunt the BJP’s claims of inflicting “heavy casualties” on the insurgent group NSCN(K) along the India-Myanmar border. It had also mentioned that similar actions were taken place in the past too.
Whenever they (BJP) face “a bad day”, they do “a surgical strike”, senior Congress spokesperson P Chidambaram said.
“From time to time, at the border, there is engagement between our paramilitary forces and the rebel groups. It has happened before. It has happened many times when I was home minister. This happened before,” the leader said.
“If you ask (former home minister L K) Advani ji, he will tell you the same thing. If we ask Sushil Kumar Shinde Ji, he will tell you the same thing. But in this government, whenever they face a bad day, they have to do a surgical strike somewhere,” he added.
While taking a dig at the Centre, he said, “Everything in this country is a surgical strike.”
There are dense forests at the India-Myanmar border. They have been used by the rebel groups as shelter.
The media is reporting such things as surgical strike but the government has denied it, he said.
“Heavy casualties” on the insurgent group NSCN (K) were inflicted by the army during “retaliatory” fire along the India-Myanmar border on the Nagaland side in the early hours on Wednesday.
(With PTI inputs)