Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday praised retired army officer D S Hooda for his remarks on surgical strikes and attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying he used surgical strikes for political capital.
Lt Gen (retd) Hooda, responding to a question during the Military Literature Festival in Chandigarh on Friday, had said in hindsight, it would have been better had “we done it (surgical strikes) secretly”.
Taking to Twitter, Gandhi said: “Spoken like a true soldier General. India is so proud of you. Mr 36 has absolutely no shame in using our military as a personal asset.
“He used the surgical strikes for political capital and the Rafale deal to increase Anil Ambani’s real capital by 30,000 Cr. #SurgicalStrike (sic).”
Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala thanked Lt Gen (retd) Hooda for “exposing the petty politicisation by PM Modi”.
“No one can use the valour & sacrifice of our brave soldiers to score cheap political points Modiji is squarely guilty of compromising National Security & Strategic Interests by unwarranted chest thumping!” he wrote on Twitter.
Lt Gen (retd) Hooda, who was the Northern Army Commander in September 2016 when Indian troops carried out surgical strikes on along the Line of Control, had also said that it was natural to have initial euphoria about the success but the constant maintenance of hype around the military operation was unwarranted. (with inputs from PTI)