Union minister and Punjab BJP president Vijay Sampla on Monday said his party won’t use the surgical strikes by Indian Army across the Line of Control in Kashmir for political gains in any election-bound state. He criticised the opposition parties for “raising doubts” about the operation.
“It was an operation conducted by the army for which people across the globe have congratulated the prime minister. All the credit goes to the soldiers who have defended the country in the line of duty. Our government has just brought this to the notice of the people,” he said in Mansa, where he attended a party workers’ meeting. “While the leaders from abroad have backed the operation, leaders from a ‘headless’ party has raised doubts over the operation.”
Responding to the comments of state Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh who had questioned the evacuation of villages near the border, Sampla said that the orders were sent by the Union home ministry that governs the Border Security Force, and it was the same for Rajasthan, Gujarat and Punjab. “There were movements of Pakistani army near the Sriganganagar border in Rajasthan and to avert any unavoidable situation, the ministry had tasked the BSF to evacuate villagers near the border in Punjab.”
Amarinder had said the evacuation of villages in Punjab was not ordered even during the war in 1965.