Surgical strike: UP BJP in a self-congratulatory overdrive
Surgical strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) has sparked a poster war in Uttar Pradesh with BJP leaders trying to take political mileage in view of the 2017 Assembly polls in the state.
Posters have been put up in Varanasi, Lucknow, Meerut, Muzaffarnagar and other cities claiming it as an achievement of the Narendra Modi government and stressing that the strikes have given a befitting reply to Pakistan for terror attacks at Uri and Pathankot Army bases.
A report from Varanasi said that posters and hoardings depicting PM Narendra Modi as Lord Rama, Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif as Ravana and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal as Indrajit also called Meghanada (mythological figure in Ramayana as the son of king Ravana) have been put up.
In Lucknow too, some hoardings have been erected to appreciate the role of the PM and Defence Minister in deciding to carry out the strikes on terror launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC).
A hoarding in Meerut says warns Pakistan that India would ‘hit’ them as and when it desired. The posters also congratulated the government at the Centre and the Armed Forces for carrying out the strikes.
The hoardings, nine of which were put up in Muzaffarnagar on Saturday alone, were brought down on Monday after a massive row erupted on social media asking why the issue has been politicized. The hoardings had pictures of the Prime Minister, BJP chief Amit Shah, UP BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya, riot-accused Muzaffarnagar MP Sanjeev Balyan and Muzaffarnagar MLA Kapil Dev Aggarwal.
One of the lines in the hoarding screamed, “We will hit you and definitely hit you, but the gun will be ours, the bullet will be ours, the time will be of our choosing, just the land will be yours . (Hum tumhe maarenge aur zaroor marenge lekin woh bandook humari hogi, goli bhi humari hogi, waqt bhi humara hoga, bas jagah tumhari hogi).” It went on to congratulate the Indian Army and the NDA government for the bold move.
BJP’s local leaders have disowned the banners and said it was the work of some “enthusiastic party workers” . “As far as I know, we have not put up the posters. It seems that these are the doings of the patriotic and enthusiastic party workers,” Virendra Singh, a close aide to Sanjeev Baliyan and a senior party leader said.