Lucknow: Mulayam Singh Yadav's daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav has called for more surgical strikes against Pakistan.
Aparna is the wife of Prateek Yadav, the second son of Mulayam Singh Yadav.
While advocating for more surgical strikes, Aparna, who will be contesting from Lucknow Cantonment in Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls 2017 said, “If Pakistan continues to infiltrate terrorists into India, more surgical strikes should be carried out.”
Aparna Yadav in not new to controversies. Earlier she had praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi's programme of 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' and also spoken against cow slaughter.
Interestingly, a PTI report quoting a top Bharatiya Janata Party leader said surgical strikes have boosted BJP's prospects in Uttar Pradesh assembly elections as the "political will" shown by the Modi government on the issue will resonate among the people.
The issue of surgical strikes will appeal across the caste divide in the state and, BJP leaders believe, will fetch them extra votes in a same manner as Modi's "developmental agenda" did in 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
In a first, India carried out surgical strikes on seven terror launch pads across the Line of Control with the Army inflicting "significant casualties" on terrorists preparing to infiltrate from PoK, days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned Uri attack would not go unpunished.
Seven terror launch pads across the LoC were targeted by the Army on the intervening night of September 28 and 29 in a nearly five-hour-long operation during which heliborne and ground forces were deployed.
26-year-old Aparna will contest the 2017 Assembly election from Lucknow's Cantonment Assembly seat, senior minister and Mulayam's brother Shivpal Singh Yadav had announced.
The SP supremo, his elder daughter-in-law Dimple Yadav, his nephews Dharmendra Yadav, Akhshay Pratap and Tej Pratap are Lok Sabha members.
While another brother Ramgopal Yadav is in Rajya Sabha, his elder son UP Chief Minister Akhilesh is a member of Legislative Council.