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Cong's surgical strikes claim fraudulent, says BJP

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New Delhi, May 02: The BJP on Thursday said the Congress's claim of carrying out surgical strikes during its 10-year tenure under former prime minister Manmohan Singh was "fraudulent and farcical", alleging that the grand old party was "guilty" of not allowing the punitive action against terrorists.

The Congress on Thursday claimed that six surgical strikes were carried out during the 10-year tenure of the party-led UPA government at the Centre.

"It is a farcical and fraudulent claim. We have the greatest of respect for our armed forces. Our forces were capable of carrying out surgical strikes across the LoC, inside Pakistan, but they were not allowed to do so when the UPA was in power," BJP national spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao said.

Addressing a press conference at the party office here, he alleged that the Congress was guilty of not allowing the armed forces to take action against terrorists.

Referring to the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, Rao said, "... the then air chief marshal had asked then prime minister Manmohan Singh to give permission for conducting an airstrike across the LoC or inside Pakistan and it was denied. The Congress is guilty of not allowing punitive attacks against terror."

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