On Sunday a local Samajwadi party leader put up hoardings in Muzaffarnagar claiming that PM Narendra Modi ordered the surgical strikes against Pakistan only after consulting SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, reported ANI.
The hoarding, placed at Novelty Chowk carries pictures of Mulayam Singh Yadav along with UP CM Akhilesh Yadav with a message thanking the Indian Army for the surgical strike. It also thanks Mulayam Singh Yadav, "on whose advice the Indian government carried out the strike".
"The Indian Army which carried out the strike and enhanced India's pride globally are heroes; those who play toxic politics in the name of the Army are zeroes," the poster said, taking a jibe at the BJP.
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Mohammed Shamsher Malik, who ordered the posters to be put up, told The Times of India, "Netaji (Mulayam) has been our defence minister in the past, so he is well informed on what has been going on at the border and how the terrorists' infiltration could be curbed. He met PM Modi and advised him to conduct surgical strike across the LoC."
Malik told ANI that the party was not playing any politics over the sacrifices and valour of the soldiers, as the posters were displayed to congratulate the jawans and Mulayam Singh Yadav.
In the poll-bound state, all major political players are accused of politicising the surgical strikes. First the BJP was accused of doing so when they put up posters in the state claiming the credit for the attacks. The posters were soon taken down amidst protests. Congress too got its hands dirty when party vice-president Rahul Gandhi made the 'khoon ki dalali' remark against PM Modi. Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) chief Mayawati too accused the Modi government of 'doing drama' over the strikes.