Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis Monday said India had joined nations like the USA and Israel who take action against anyone trying to hurt them.
Speaking at a rally in Virar, the CM said: “Why do you think Abhinandan was returned so soon? Because of Modi’s stance and the valour of our armed forces, China and USA advised Pakistan to return our man. Unlike the previous government which talked too much but did nothing, Modi has taken action. India now doesn’t bear it timidly. It takes action, strikes back.”
Fadnavis slammed the Opposition for seeking proof of the Balakot air strike.
The CM said, “What can one say about the mahakhichadi? Instead of recognizing the role of the armed forces which gave a befitting reply to the Pulwama terror attack, they are disputing them. It is unfortunate.”
The CM said had they known that the “mahakhichadi” of the Opposition would seek evidence of the Balakot air strike “we would have strapped their leaders to the rockets” so that they could “see it with their own eyes”.
“If we had known that the mahakhichadi would demand such proof, we would have strapped their leaders to the rockets sent to Balakot, to see it with their own eyes,” Fadnavis said.
Last week, his minister Pankaja Munde had made a similar comment about sending Rahul Gandhi to another country with a bomb tied to him.
‘BJP using surgical and aerial strikes to take political mileage’
Calling the statements of the BJP leaders “ridiculous”, Congress leader and former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan dismissed it is as political rhetoric.
“The Congress party and its leaders are proud of the armed forces and they are not questioning their action. But as the Opposition party, we have the right to question the government’s failure on many fronts in the entire developments that led to the Pulwama terror strike and Balakot. There are shreds of evidence to show how Prime Minister Narendra Modi was using the surgical and aerial strikes to take political mileage, avoiding far serious issues,” Prithviraj Chavan said.