Opposition slams Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar over nuke remark

Yechury asked whether the Prime Minister agrees with Parrikar or has no control over him, adding that the NDA government needs a disaster management minister for its cabinet.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:November 12, 2016 4:04 am
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A day after Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar questioned India’s No First Use policy on nuclear weapons, the Congress and the Left parties slammed him on Thursday. While the Congress called him “irresponsible”, the CPM said he should resign from the government if he wants to speak in his personal capacity.

“You have a motor mouth Defence Minister who is irresponsible in every manner,” Congress leader Anand Sharma said.

CPM General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said, “If the Defence minister wants to speak in his personal capacity, he should resign from the government.”

Yechury asked whether the Prime Minister agrees with Parrikar or has no control over him. He added that the NDA government needs a disaster management minister for its cabinet.

The CPM Politburo said in a statement that the Defence Minister’s statement has “serious implications both for India’s security concerns and for India’s standing in international relations.”

“This statement represents a complete reversal of the long standing position of India as a country that champions a nuclear weapon free world and consistently stood by its commitment for peaceful use of nuclear energy. The Defence Minister’s statement clearly indicates that this government is negating India’s established stand on use of nuclear weapons in war. It jeopardises India’s security concerns by undermining the declared good neighbourly relations approach. Further it undermines India’s efforts for membership of international bodies like the UN Security Council and the Nuclear Suppliers Group,” it said, adding that Parrikar’s contention that these are his personal opinions is untenable.

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  1. P
    Nov 12, 2016 at 5:19 am
    The opposition care more about their own interests than India's interests. That is why scamgress spent decades looting India for hi family
    1. D
      Dr Rahul
      Nov 12, 2016 at 6:35 am
      What is wrong in expressing his (Parikar,s)openion,,?Is there any problem to any one,,,,yes problem to those who always talks nonsense on public plate form in front of paid mobs having baseless meaningless subjects having support from foreign countries.It is his opinion not of cabinet,One way some says,every one has got freedom of expresion and if spoken,,,,talks nonsense.What is wrong in his statement,,,,,?why we should not use nuclear bomb on enemy,,,,is it show piece ,,,,?Does not military retaliate fire on enemy,,,,or just wait to get fired or injury to the army,,,,,,?These opposition peoples are having no other works but to criticise,,,,,,to remain in media and paid media try to makes them hero with zero values.........
      1. A
        Nov 12, 2016 at 1:25 am
        Parikar and Rajnath Singh talk non-sense and do less, both lunatics must be kicked out like Smiriti Irani