Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid on saturday came out with a tweet, in which he appeared to be claiming credit for the growth of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman as a fighter pilot, for the erstwhile UPA regime. In his tweet, Khurshid said that he is proud of the fact that Abhinandan Varthaman matured as a pilot during the rule of Congress party led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) at centre.
“Many kudos to Wing Commander Abhi Varthaman the face of India’s resistance to enemy aggression. Great poise and confidence in face of adversity. We are proud that he received his wings in 2004 and matured as a pilot during UPA,” Khurshid wrote.
For this tweet, people on the micro-blogging site lashed out at the Congress leader and his party.
Meanwhile, many took sarcastic jibes at the tweet. Some said that UPA should also be accredited for the fact that Abhinandan in 2019 was still having to fly an old model jet like the Mig-21 Bison. Whreas some sarcastically went on to give credit for their personal achievements such as passing high school during the UPA years, to the erstwhile regime. Some even suggested that perhaps for Abhinandan’s achievements, the Britishers or the Wright brothers who apparently invented airplanes, should be given credit.
We are proud that even while UPA kept him outdated via MIG 21, he showed exemplary courage and poise during Modi's govt.
And the reason is Modi govt has given forces free hand , always stood with them and always took care of their welfare. https://t.co/bl5mbUg0c7
— Rita 🇮🇳 (@RitaG74) March 2, 2019
As if receiving his Wings in 2003 would have made him any less a hero. May be if @INCIndia comes to power in 2019 – you should have a separate rank in IAF called Rajiv Gandhi Wing Commander. #Abhinandan #AbhinandanVarthaman #BalakotAirStrike @smitaprakash
— GhoseSpot (@SandipGhose) March 2, 2019
Sorry .. but had to do this … pic.twitter.com/9BOgSxgjAf
— Hindi (@mithelesh) March 2, 2019
Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman returned from Pakistani prison on Friday night after India applied international pressure for release on the Pakistan. He was taken into custody when his plane crashed into the Pakistani side of the LoC after shooting down a much superior F16 fighter jet in a mid-air altercation with Pakistan.
The tensions between India and Pakistan escalated ever since Indian Airforce carried out strikes on Jaish-e-mohammed training camps in Pakistan occupied Kashmir and Pakistani mainland on Tuesday early morning. After the strikes, there have been multiple attempts from the Pakistan side to intrude inside the Indian airspace and inflict damage on military facilities. However each of their attempts were foiled by the Indian Airforce and other units of the armed forces.