Jairam Ramesh, Digvijaya Singh spar over Pulwama assault; deep divide surfaces in Congress | India Information

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NEW DELHI: A deep divide inside two senior Congress leaders, Jairam Ramesh and Digvijaya Singh, got here to the fore on Monday in the course of the social gathering’s ongoing Bharat Jodo Yatra within the Union Territory (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir. The 2 leaders clashed over the Pulwama terror assault which befell within the UT on February 14, 2019, simply a few months forward of the final Lok Sabha election.
Whereas talking in an occasion organised for the Congress MP Rahul Gandhi-led Bharat Jodo Yatra in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, Digvijaya raked up the Pulwama assault and the Balakot air strikes carried out by the Indian armed forces towards terrorist hideouts in Pakistan on February 26, 2019.
Digvijaya, a Rajya Sabha MP, stated, “They (BJP leaders) speak about surgical strike. They declare that they killed a number of individuals in it. However there isn’t a proof. They’re ruling solely by talking bundles of lies. I wish to inform you that this nation belongs to all.”
The Pulwama assault and the air strikes had grow to be a serious difficulty within the 2019 Lok Sabha election. Whereas a number of Congress leaders had demanded proof of the surgical strikes, the BJP bought an edge due to the emotive difficulty, successful 303 of the 543 seats.
On Monday additionally, the BJP condemned Digvijaya’s remarks over Pulwama assault and the surgical strikes. Get together co-in-charge of West Bengal Amit Malviya stated, “On a day, #IndiaHonoursParamVeers and Prime Minister Narendra Modi names 21 islands of Andaman and Nicobar after 21 Param Vir Chakra awardees, Congress and Digvijay Singh converse the language of Pakistan’s deep state, query the valour and integrity of our Armed Forces. Disgrace…”

On being requested by media individuals in the course of the Bharat Jodo Yatra, Digvijaya caught to his stand and repeated his remarks stated earlier. “Positively there have been lapses within the Pulwama terror assault,” he reiterated.
Congress common secretary in-charge of communications Jairam Ramesh, who was strolling behind Digvijaya, was seen coming ahead and intervening. Whereas overlaying Digvijaya, he pushed the TV reporter and eliminated his mic. “Do not divert, don’t divert,” he was heard saying.
It appears Digvijaya was not the one to take issues mendacity down. Moments later, he posted a Twitter video during which he stated, “Within the Pulwama assault, 40 CRPF personnel misplaced their lives. The BJP authorities has not been in a position to reveal until date in any case the place did the 30 quintal RDX come from. Apart from this, they haven’t been in a position to reply concerning the whereabouts of deputy superintendent of police Devender Singh who was caught alongwith the terrorists. Why was he let off? Why had been sedition prices not slapped on him? I additionally wish to ask the PM about his relations with the Pakistan PM. Each are praising each other.”

Digvijaya’s remarks compelled Jairam to difficulty a rejoinder on behalf of the Congress social gathering. The social gathering distanced itself from Digvijaya’s remarks. By the way, each Digvijaya and Jairam are intently related to the planning and execution of the Bharat Jodo Yatra.
In his rebuttal, Jairam stated, “The views expressed by senior chief Digvijaya Singh are his personal and don’t replicate the place of Congress. Surgical strikes had been carried out earlier than 2014 by UPA authorities. Congress has supported and can proceed to help all army actions which can be within the nationwide curiosity.”
Nonetheless, Amit Malviya rejected Jairam’s rejoinder and stated Digvijaya had aired the Congress social gathering’s stand. “Garbage. Elevating questions on India’s Armed Forces, their integrity and valour, is a thought-about place of the Congress social gathering, which had systematically weakened our forces, and decreased India to being a mushy state. Simply that it has now grow to be politically counter productive.”

Malviya unleashed an assault on Jairam and the Congress. He stated, “Digvijaya Singh shut down. Jairam Ramesh is the brand new tyrant on the town, crushing media freedom with impunity and killing no matter little semblance of democracy there may be within the Congress social gathering… Rahul Gandhi’s courtiers are ushering at nighttime days of Emergency, once more!”

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