PoK strikes: Congress slams Manohar Parrikar’s felicitation

"What is needed is motivating our armed forces and if the BJP wants to felicitate, it must be our brave soldiers. It is time we stop politicising the strikes," Congress Goa spokesman Sunil Kawathankar said.

By: PTI | Panaji | Published:October 3, 2016 1:12 pm
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Goa Congress on Monday criticised the felicitation planned by state BJP unit for Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in Panaji over the surgical strikes by the Army in PoK, saying the BJP was trying to “sell” the anti-terror operation to extract political gains. “What is needed is motivating our armed forces and if the BJP wants to felicitate, it must be our brave soldiers. It is time we stop politicising the strikes,” Congress Goa spokesman Sunil Kawathankar said.

“If Parrikar accepts the felicitation, he should also take responsibility and step down when attacks like in Baramullah happen,” he said. The Congress leader said his party had appreciated the government’s stand and even praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Parrikar after the surgical strikes.

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“But looking at the way the BJP is opening a shop and selling the act (of surgical strike) is disgusting. Why did not the BJP demand Parrikar’s resignation when Uri attack happened after the Pathankot strike? Shouldn’t the Raksha Mantri be held accountable for the lapses?” he questioned.

On Sunday, Goa Forward party and ruling ally MGP had also expressed their disapproval with the felicitation function planned in Panaji on Tuesday. Goa Forward party had said the BJP was misusing the bravery of soldiers for political gains. MGP Leader Sudin Dhavalikar had said that Parrikar himself should not be accepting such a felicitation.

India carried out surgical strikes on seven terror launch pads across the LoC on the intervening night of September 28 and 29, inflicting “significant casualties” on terrorists preparing to infiltrate from PoK, after 19 soldiers were killed in the Uri attack.

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    Nityananda
    Oct 3, 2016 at 9:05 am
    So far only Mr Modi from the BJP has been statesmanlike in approach over the Pak provocations and our actions against terror launch pads.The rest of the cabinet have tried to raise the temperature against Pak unnecessarily and one of the main persons falling out of line has been Mr Parrikar with his "anesthesia" remark. Cabinet MInisters, TV channels should all adopt a balanced approach without gstanding on our military feats . There is no need to be contemptuous of stan , who is a neighbour for better or for worse. In this context any felicitation to Parrikar is to be condemned. In any case he can hardly take any direct credit for what happened. One wishes that felicitation was done in favour of those who died at Uri and those who conducted the strikes across the LoC.
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