Manohar Parrikar undermining army’s sacrifices by denying earlier strikes: Congress

Randeep Surjewala said RSS and BJP chief Amit Shah have publicly stated that surgical strikes will be their key electoral strategy. "Forked tongue, Mr Parrikar?" he asked.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: October 12, 2016 6:57 pm
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Congress on Wednesday shot back at Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar for denying that any surgical strike was carried out during the UPA’s tenure and accused him of misleading the public and undermining the army’s sacrifices while indulging in “blatant politicisation” of the issue. “Mr Parrikar, Indian Army deserves all credit but why mislead the people and undermine army’s sacrifices by denying earlier surgical strikes?

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“Operation Ginger in 2011 was a large-scale surgical strike. Why is Manohar Parrikar quiet on army’s valour? Is (it) not blatant politicisation?” Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala asked.

He asked “if army deserves full credit (for the recent surgical strike), why are ‘avengers of Uri’ posters depicting Modiji as Lord Rama being plastered in poll-bound states?”

Hitting out Parrikar in a series of tweets, Surjewala said he is indulging in “ultimate political hypocrisy”.

“The ultimate political hypocrisy; post surgical strike, Modi Sarkar cut disability pensions for ‘combat injury’ to half.

“Is Modi Govt giving credit to Army by denying OROP, Seventh Pay Commission recommendations, by refusing to acknowledge and honor commitments? (sic)” he asked.



The Congress leader said RSS and BJP chief Amit Shah have publicly stated that surgical strikes will be their key electoral strategy. “Forked tongue, Mr Parrikar?” he asked.

Surjewala also said that while Defence Minister Parrikar ncredits army for surgical strike, “no wonder he got himself felicitated in Agra, Lucknow and Goa instead of our brave army.”

Parrikar earlier today rejected claims that surgical strikes were undertaken during the UPA regime and asserted that a “major” share of credit for the army action last month goes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“I have been the Defence Minister for two years. From whatever I have known, there is no surgical strike from previous years. What they are quoting are actions taken by border action teams. These are common actions across the globe and by the Indian army,” he said.

Speaking at two different events in Mumbai, he said all the 127 crore people of India, including “doubting Thomases”, and the army share and deserve credit for the operation as it was done by the armed forces and not by any political party.

At the same time, he said that “major share” of credit does go to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the government for decision-making and planning.

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    Abhinav Gour
    Oct 12, 2016 at 4:48 pm
    Bunch of professional LIARS .... could also be clified as anti - national group !! The pathological hatred for N Modi, the PM, makes these s forget what is in national interest. They just go on and on spurting venom whenever they hear the name Modi. Shame on these looters.
    1. T
      Oct 12, 2016 at 10:56 pm
      Why don't we give some of our useless politician to jihadis. Let them have some pain, then no will talk useless things against our soldiers. My heartfelt salute to our brave martyrs. Jai Hind!!
      1. A
        Oct 12, 2016 at 1:16 pm
        Is the Congress on a Death Wish? Look at its Language, look ats stance on an issue of national security, look at its cheap comments. Shame on this party.
        1. D
          Oct 12, 2016 at 7:52 pm
          Congress is suffering from Modi Fobia.....
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            Dev Verma
            Oct 12, 2016 at 12:58 pm
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              G Srinivasan
              Oct 12, 2016 at 2:57 pm
              Shri R Surjewala it is indeed very noble of you to acknowledge include another scam lt;br/gt;"the missing Surgical strike" in the long list that Congress has so eminently created through diligent hard work over scores of years. This deed of yours will earn you a Bharat Ratna indeed
              1. H
                Oct 12, 2016 at 1:56 pm
                It's upto the army to decide what to declare and what not to. Even if there had been strikes in the past, for security reasons they may not declare as well. Are you so dumb? No person other than the brave soldiers get the credit and respect for such strikes so stop taking credit for something you haven't done;br/gt;Selfish politicians should be sent to the border for duty. Only then they will understand the gravity of the situation near the border.
                1. B
                  Oct 12, 2016 at 6:12 pm
                  I am sure, Defence Minister is saying based on Army report. So, corrupt Congress have no right to make noise.
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                    S Subramaniam
                    Oct 12, 2016 at 8:15 pm
                    It ironical that the Congress party is now debating about the valour and credit of our Armed Forces. The enclosed link would expose how late Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw was humiliated while in service and after demise even though he was the architect of India's swift victory in December 1971 over stan which led to the creation of Bangladesh. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;s-demise
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