A minister in Haryana made a bizarre remark amid the political row over the impact of India's air strikes on a terror camp in Pakistan's Balakot last week.
"The next there is a strike on Pakistan-based terrorists, then one of mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) leaders should be made to stand there so that they can count the bodies," Haryana Sports Minister Anil Vij tweeted in Hindi.
The government, which called the strikes a success, has not put out any official figures so far. BJP president Amit Shah on Sunday claimed that claimed that "250 terrorists have been killed". On the day of the strikes, a figure of 300 did the rounds but no one gave it on record.
Opposition leaders like Rahul Gandhi, Mamata Banerjee and Akhilesh Yadav have been asking for details of the air strike and its impact following skeptical reports by a section of the world media. Congress leaders Kapil Sibal and Digvijaya Singh asked for evidence. Ms Banerjee had said the nation has a "right to know" what happened after the Indian Air Force's strike.
The BJP's ally Shiv Sena today said citizens have the right to know about the casualties in the air strike.
Air Force chief BS Dhanoa said the Air Force can't count the casualties. "We can't count how many people have died. It depends on how many people were there," the Air Chief said, addressing a press conference. "The Air Force is not in a position to count casualties, he said.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi slammed the opposition which has accused the ruling BJP of using the February 26 air strikes to garner votes. "Was there any election when we conducted the surgical strike for the first time? We have been affected by terrorism for the last 40 years... I don't care for power. I am only concerned about my country's security," PM Modi said at a rally in Ahmedabad.
Indian fighter jets crossed the Line of Control and destroyed Jaish-e-Mohammed's biggest training camp in Pakistan's Balakot last week after over 40 CRPF soldiers lost their lives in a suicide bombing by Jaish in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama.
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