Tue, 24 Jan 2023 01:54 PM IST
RESPONDING to Congress senior leader Digvijay Singh's remarks questioning the credibility of the 2016 surgical strikes which created a massive controversy, party leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said Congress does not appreciate Singh's personal views, Adding that he said Armed Forces do their job exceptionally well and they do not need to provide proof of that.
"We don't appreciate Digvijaya Singh's personal views. His views are outlying views. We are absolutely clear that the Armed Forces do their job exceptionally well and they do not need to provide proof of that," Gandhi said.
#WATCH | We don't appreciate Digvijaya Singh's personal views. His views are outlying views. We are absolutely clear that the Armed Forces do their job exceptionally well and they do not need to provide proof of that: Congress MP Rahul Gandhi pic.twitter.com/O67iRg8aNk— ANI (@ANI) January 24, 2023
The clarification from Rahul Gandhi came as the party faced massive criticism over Singh's comments, which he made at a Bharat Jodo Yatra rally. Singh said that there is no evidence supporting the 2016 surgical strike against Pakistan, while the ruling BJP claims to have carried out the strike.
"They (Centre) talk about surgical strikes and that they have killed so many of them but there is no proof," Digvijaya Singh was quoted as saying in his address in Jammu on Monday by ANI.
A day after his remark over the surgical strikes questioning the credibility of the incident, the Congress leader said that he has the "greatest regard for the defence forces".
Earleir, the All India Congress Committee (AICC) communication in charge Jairam Ramesh also said Congress had already answered all of the questions regarding the surgical strike row stating Singh's views do not reflect the position of Congress.
"The views expressed by senior leader Digvijaya Singh are his own and do not reflect the position of Congress. Surgical strikes were carried out before 2014 by the UPA government. Congress has supported & will continue to support all military actions that are in the national interest," Ramesh tweeted.