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Government should stop pretending to be Indian Army, says Akhilesh

File photo: Akhilesh Yadav. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India Mar 22, 2019, 03.58 PM (IST)

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav Friday attacked the BJP-led central government and said "stop pretending to be the Indian Army".    

Hitting back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his attack on opposition parties over the Pulwama attack and the subsequent IAF airstrikes in Balakot, Yadav also said that in a democracy it was a "fundamental right" to ask questions of politicians.

"Politicians who say they cannot be questioned are dangerous," he said.

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Yadav's remarks came after his party colleague Ram Gopal Yadav came in for heavy criticism from the PM for alleging that the Pulwama terror attack was a "conspiracy" to garner votes.

In a series of tweets, the PM also slammed Congress' Sam Pitroda for saying he wanted to "know more" about the Balakot strike and asking as to how many terrorists were killed in the operation. 

In his attack, Modi termed the Opposition "the natural habitat of terror apologists" and accusing them of "insulting" armed forces.

Akhilesh Yadav's tweet came an hour after the Prime minister's.

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"The sacrifices of our Armed Forces should never be questioned. To ask questions of politicians in a democracy is our fundamental right. This government needs to stop pretending to be the Indian Army," the SP leader said. 

On Thursday, referring to the Pulwama attack, SP general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav alleged that the Pulwama terror attack was a "conspiracy" to garner votes, drawing a sharp reaction from Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

Yadav also said once there is a change at the Centre, investigations will be conducted into the incident and claimed that prominent people will come under the scanner of the probe.

Hitting out at the SP leader, Adityanath said this an example of "atrocious politics" and Yadav should apologise for his comment.    

Story highlights

Hitting back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his attack on rival parties over the Pulwama attack and the subsequent IAF strike in Pakistan, Yadav also said that in a democracy it was a "fundamental right" to ask questions of politicians