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Surgical strike failed to demoralise Pak terrorists: Shiv Sena

Maharashtra CM and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray and Shiv Sena leader Aditya Thackeray.

Maharashtra CM and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray and Shiv Sena leader Aditya Thackeray.   | Photo Credit: PTI

Shiv Sena remarks come in the wake of the death of an Army soldier from Maharashtra, Naik Sandip Raghunath Sawant, who was killed during a counter-insurgency operation in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday.

The Shiv Sena on Friday targeted the Centre by questioning the “efficacy” of the 2016 surgical strike and said the perception that it would demoralise Pakistani terrorists remained an “illusion” as Indian soldiers continue to get killed in terror attacks in Kashmir.

Accusing the Modi government of boasting about how Pakistan was straightened out after the surgical strike, the Sena sought to know whether it has really happened.

It also observed that troubled borders were not good for the country’s well-being.

The Sena’s remarks come in the wake of the death of an Army soldier from Maharashtra, Naik Sandip Raghunath Sawant, who was killed during a counter-insurgency operation in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday.

“The New Year did not begin on a positive note in Kashmir. Our jawan from Satara, Sandip Sawant, attained martyrdom in Kashmir along with two other soldiers. In the last one month, seven to eight jawans from Maharashtra were killed in the line of duty. The Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra is not responsible for this,” the Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’

The party also questioned whether the situation in Kashmir has improved after the surgical strike and abrogation of Article 370 provisions. However, maintained that scrapping Article 370 was a good move.

India had conducted the surgical strike on September 29, 2016, across the Line of Control (LoC) as a response to a terrorist attack on an Indian Army base in Uri sector of Jammu and Kashmir earlier that month.

The Shiv Sena also questioned the government’s claim that the situation in Kashmir was under control after the nullification of Article 370. Also, alleged that there was no clarity as to what was happening in Kashmir after the scrapping of Article 370 and only the media reports of soldiers sacrificing their lives have been coming out from that state

In a veiled attack on the BJP, its erstwhile ally, the Sena, also accused it of exploiting the surgical strike for political gains.

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