The Congress on Wednesday sought to blunt the government claims of inflicting "heavy casualties" on the insurgent group NSCN(K) along the India-Myanmar border, saying similar action has taken place in the past too.
"From time to time, at the border, there is engagement between our paramilitary forces and the rebel groups. It has happened before. It has happened many times when I was home minister. This happened before.
"If you ask (former home minister L K) Advani ji, he will tell you the same thing. If we ask Sushil Kumar Shinde Ji, he will tell you the same thing. But in this government, whenever they face a bad day, they have to do a surgical strike somewhere," he said.
Taking a dig at the government, Chidambaram said, "Everything in this country is a surgical strike."
On the India-Myanmar border, there are dense forests which have always sanctuaries for rebel groups, who take shelter there.