Hitting out at the Congress party for calling Manohar Parrikar a ‘national embarrassment’ after the Defence Minister gave credit for the recently-conducted surgical strikes to the teachings of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday launched a veiled attack on Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and said that the grand old party’s “youth leader” has been an embarrassment for India endless times.
BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao told ANI that they do not take suggestions from the Congress party as to, who should be the Defence Minister of India as they have issues with the ruling dispensation and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s fight against terrorism. “Who else accept Manish Tewari knows it better about the national embarrassment because his party and his party’s youth leader has been an embarrassment for our nation a lot many times,” Rao said.
“Before accusing the Defence Minister of our country, Congress party should think once. Today also, Congress party has issues with the ruling government and Narendra Modi for their fight against them fighting terrorism,” he said, adding that the Congress party should answer as to why they have issues with the Centre fighting against terrorism and why “do they speak the language of Pakistan.”
Following Parrikar’s statement giving credit of the recently-conducted surgical strikes to the RSS teachings, the Congress had fired yet another salvo at the Defence Minister and said that the latter was an embarrassment to the nation and was unworthy of his post.
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“The Defence Minister is very quick to credit everyone from the mythology to the RSS for the operations along the LoC. This leads to two inescapable conclusions, number one: Manohar Parrikar does not deserve to be the Defence Minister of India, this man is a national embarrassment; number two: that the operation along the LoC were unfortunately targeted more domestic consumption rather than changing the behaviour of the deep state in Pakistan,” Manish Tewari said.
“The problem is that where the government has to speak it is keeping silent. And the Goa declaration of BRICS is perhaps the most sterling example of the government’s absolute and abject failure. Despite all the rhetoric and the laser sharp discords on terror and isolating Pakistan what you have is one sundry remark. One little generic remark in almost a 20 paragraph Goa declaration and what does it say, “We strongly condemn the recent several attacks against some BRICS countries including that in India.” I read the statement for the second time, we have an attack in Uri, we lose security personnel and the government is not even able to convince its interlocutors that it was a terrorist strike,” said Tewari.
Speaking at an event in Ahmedabad, Parrikar said,”I wonder that a Prime Minister from the land of Mahatma Gandhi and a Defence Minister from Goa and surgical strikes, the situation was quite. Maybe the RSS teachings were there, but this was very different kind of combination.”
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