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SP Hoarding Claims PM Modi Ordered Surgical strikes on Mulayam's Advice
File photo of Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.
New Delhi: Samajwadi Party (SP) on Sunday put up a hoarding in its stronghold Muzaffarnagar claiming that Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered the surgical strikes across Line of Control (LoC) on the advice of its party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Party spokespersons however refused to either back the surprising claim or distance themselves from the hoarding, saying they "don't want to politicise" the surgical strikes.
"Mulayam Singh Yadav has contributed immensely when it comes to any issue of national integrity and sovereignty and he has always given his inputs to the government. However, we maintain that there shouldn't be any politicisation of surgical strikes," SP spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia told CNN-News18.
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When asked whether the party distances itself from the claim in the hoarding, Bhatia said: "Samajwadi Party has supported honourable Prime Minister Modi's decision to conduct surgical strikes. We don't want to indulge in any politics like Congress or some of the BJP leaders who have put up posters. We don't want to stoop that low."
In poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, all the major parties have been accused of politicising the Army's action against terrorists in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK).
First, the Congress accused the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) of putting up posters to claim credit for the Army action. Party vice-president Rahul Gandhi then created a big controversy with his remark that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was doing "khoon ki dalali" or profiteering from the blood of martyrs. The last to join the bandwagon was Bahujan Samajwadi Party( BSP) chief who accused the Modi government of natakbazi ( doing drama) over the strikes.