Kolkata: Two days since the Indian Air Force (IAF) bombarded an alleged hideout of a militant group at Balakot in Pakistan, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has raised questions about the success of the air strike.
She has also said that her party Trinamool is opposed to a war with Pakistan if it is intended at earning brownie points for the Central government ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.
“I have gone through news reports in the Washington Post and Reuters. The reports are saying nothing of that sort (deaths of militants as claimed by the Centre) has happened. It has happened elsewhere as the bombs missed the target.”
“Some are saying no person has died. Some are saying only one person has died. What is the truth? People need to know,” Banerjee told reporters at Bengal state secretariat Nabanna this evening.
She, however, pledged her support for the Indian defence forces once again and said that the centre should allow the Air Force to speak out the facts as regards the Balakot air strike.
“People of this country must know the truth. We do not want a war for political gain. If a war is necessary for the interests of the country we will support. But we don’t want a war if it is for political gain and to win an election. We want peace,” the Bengal CM clarified.
Banerjee, who was on a two-day tour of New Delhi, had returned to Kolkata yesterday.