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Mumbai: Former Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Saturday said three surgical strikes were carried out between 2009-2013 but the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government never made it public.

“The Congress-led UPA regime never made the strikes public. However, the Narendra Modi government capitalised on the army operation. The BJP government only makes huge promises to mislead the people," Shinde said after launching the party’s poll campaign for 25 Zilla Parishads in Osmanabad district.

The Zilla Parishad elections will be held in two phases on 16 and 21 February in Maharashtra.

Shinde claimed that demonetisation has hurt farmers the most. “Black money hoarders benefitted due to note ban. The government has not been able to give details as to how much black money has been unearthed so far after demonetisation," he charged. “The prime minister misled the people on the issue of demonetisation. It was the UPA government which made sincere efforts to bring back black money stashed abroad," Shinde claimed.

State Congress chief Ashok Chavan said the Zilla Parishad polls will be a referendum on the state government’s performance of two years. “The Fadnavis government has not fulfilled the expectations of the people," he said.

Referring to demonetisation, Chavan claimed that it was a surgical strike on common man. Chavan described the war of words between the Shiv Sena- Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as a political drama ahead of municipal corporation polls in the state. He said both parties are the two sides of the same coin and appealed to people not to fall prey to the political drama that is being played out.

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