Stepping up its attack on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, BJP on Thursday expressed "shock" over his silence on media reports giving "conclusive" evidence of the surgical strikes across the LoC and questioned the reason behind his "refusal" to believe the army. "Does his silence mean that he trusts Pakistani media over Indian media? Does his silence mean that he does not believe that the surgical strikes happened? Does his silence mean that he still does not trust the Indian Army?
"We are fine with him for not believing the government. We are also fine with him for not believing our party. But what could be the reason that he still refuses to believe the Indian Army after conclusive evidence by Indian media?" its national secretary Shrikant Sharma asked in a statement. Taking a jibe at the AAP leader, he said they are "in awe of" Kejriwal as he is often the first person to comment on any issue under the sun and they also "admire" his movie reviews on Twitter which has become a "regular feature".
Sharma said it was unfortunate that he fell victim to Pakistani media propaganda and began questioning the army. "He also alleged that India is getting isolated globally but perhaps he lives in a different world." "But we are surprised as well as shocked at his silence at two different media reports that have surfaced today giving details about the surgical strikes.
"Now that there is ample evidence in the media, we wish Kejriwal also starts blunting the Pakistani propaganda. He has more than 9 million followers on Twitter, and there cannot be a better reason for him to tweet. After all, blunting Pakistani propaganda is all he wanted, isn't it?" he wondered. Does Kejriwal's silence, the BJP leader questioned, means that he trusts Pakistani media over Indian media? Does his silence means that he does not believe that the surgical strikes happened, Sharma asked.
Kejriwal in a video message had asked the Modi government to counter Pakistan propaganda refuting claims of surgical strikes and had cited international media reports in this regard. BJP said he was seeking proof of the strikes and attacked him for question the army's assertion.