Kolkata: BJP General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya has demanded an FIR to be lodged against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for raising “doubts” over the air strike by the Indian Air Force (IAF) at training camps of terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) at Balakot in Pakistan.
Labelling Banerjee’s comments as “pro-Pakistan remark”, Vijayvargiya said: “It is saddening to hear West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s remark that she needs proof (of operation by security forces). The BJP condemns this pro-Pakistan remark that raises questions on our security forces. An FIR must be lodged against her. Such people must be taught a lesson in upcoming polls.”
On Thursday, Banerjee had asked the government to spell out “details” of the exact place where the air raid was carried out and the casualties inflicted as the international media has claimed that there was no damage in the strike.
“We, as the Opposition, want to know the details of the air strike. Where were the bombs dropped? How many people died? I was reading the New York Times and Washington Post and they said that there were no casualties. Some media houses said one died. We want to know the details,” Banerjee had told reporters in Kolkata.
Slamming the West Bengal Chief Minister, Union minister V K Singh on March 1 said there were many people in the country who did not have any work to do.
Asked about the West Bengal Chief Minister’s remarks, Singh, who is the Minister of State for External Affairs, said: “There are so many people in our nation who don’t have any work to.”
Tension spiralled between India and Pakistan after the Indian Air Force on February 26 carried out a strike at a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terror training camp in Balakot. The strikes were in response to the terror attack in Pulwama in which about 40 CRPF personnel lost their lives. JeM had claimed the responsibility of the attack.
Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale had said the “pre-emptive” strike by India had become absolutely necessary as there was credible information that JeM was planning further attacks in the country.