Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday challenged the Congress' claim that it too had conducted surgical strikes across the Line of Control, accusing the party of telling "lies".
"Pehle upeksha, fir virodh, ab me too me too (Theyinitially rejected it, then opposed and now saying 'me too' )," Modi saidat an election rally here.
Modi's remark came a day after the Congress came out with alist of six surgical strikes carried out during UPA rule.
The UPA government carried out six surgical strikes —Bhattal sector in Poonch (June 19, 2008); Sharda sector, across Neelam RiverValley, in Kel (August 30-September 1, 2011); Sawan Patra checkpost (January 6,2013); Nazapir sector (July 27-28, 2013); Neelam Valley (August 6, 2013); andone on December 23, 2013, Congress spokesperson Rajeev Shukla had said in apress conference on Thursday.
"They initially mocked and rejected surgical strike butpeople had faith in me and they stood by me," he said.
He slammed the Congress for telling "lies" andsaid the party does surgical strikes only "on paper".
A Congress leader had said four months back that threesurgical strikes were conducted during Congress' term and now another leader issaying six surgical strikes were carried out by the party, Modi said.
"The number increased from three to six in four months.By the time elections are over, this number would increase to 600. What does itmatter when the strike is on paper! Congress only speaks lies," he said.