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BJP slams Kejriwal, Chidambaram for asking for proof of Army's surgical strike

The BJP today attacked Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Congress leader P Chidambaram for asking for the video evidence of the surgical strike conducted by the Indian Army across the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir last week.

"Why is Kejriwal being swayed by the Pakistani propaganda? Kejriwal ji, there is a tradition to remain united at a time of crisis," Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, a day after Kejriwal asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to show proof of the cross-border strike.

Prasad said Kejriwal is "now making headlines in Pakistan" for his doubts over Indian Army's operation in which 50 suspected terrorists were killed. "Kejriwal must not mix politics with national security," he added.

"My question to Kejriwal is whether he believes in the extreme valour of the Indian Army," Prasad questioned, asking the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader to "not demoralise the Army" by asking for the proof.

Prasad also slammed senior Congress leader P Chidmabaram and asked if the former Finance Minister's comments were official statement of the Congress party. "I want to ask him if he is also joining the bandwagon of doubting the capacity of our jawans in conducting surgical strikes," he said.

Chidmabaram on Monday had said it was up to the government to give proof of the surgical strikes conducted on September 28 night in which the army destroyed seven terror launch pads in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

"We would like to ask Sonia Gandhi ji if that is the official position of the Congress party on this issue? If that is the case, then we would examine it and have some questions to ask from them," Prasad said.

After BJP's attack AAP responded by asking why Prasad is not unmasking the Pakistani propaganda. "I am amazed that Ravi Shankar Prasad instead of unmasking Pak Propaganda is questioning AK. Shows BJP's bankruptcy of ideas," AAP leader Ashutosh tweeted.