As BJP, Congress argue, other parties watch from the wings

While some leaders blamed both parties, others squarely blamed the BJP for beginning it.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: October 8, 2016 3:11 am
congress_bjp759 While some leaders blamed both parties, others squarely blamed the BJP for beginning it.

LEADERS OF several political parties took strong exception to the war of words between the BJP and the Congress after AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi attacked the ruling party for purportedly using the Army’s surgical strikes on terror launch pads along the LoC for political gains.

While some leaders blamed both parties, others squarely blamed the BJP for beginning it.

BSP’s Rajya Sabha MP Ashok Siddhartha said on Friday, “Both parties are fooling the people. Our soldiers are sacrificing their lives on the front, while the BJP and the Congress are politicising the issue for their own gain.” He said that neither party has “any concern for soldiers, and they only want their own benefits”.

Stating that all this was started by the BJP, senior CPI leader and Rajya Sabha member D Raja said, “Otherwise why did the Prime Minister have to advise his ministers and party leaders to not get into chest-thumping? It means the BJP had started (politicising the surgical strikes).”

Alleging that the BJP is “hyping the surgical strikes” for political gains, he said, “This is highly deplorable…the BJP should conduct itself as a responsible political party. The government itself claims that it was a counter-terrorism offensive and not a military action. And when people ask questions, they try to make it appear as some kind of duel between the BJP and the Congress.”

Raja said if one goes through Rahul’s statement it would be clear that he has questioned the Prime Minister and the government. “He has not said anything about the Army,” the CPI leader said.

On the choice of words of Rahul Gandhi, he said “I can’t comment on the language. The point is, the BJP started politicising the surgical strikes…. Look at the statements made by the Defence Minister from day one.”

CPM Politburo member Brinda Karat said, “Once the issue of border and the issue of government responsibility for security becomes an issue not of national security but of addressing a domestic constituency, this tu-tu-main-main is an outcome of that.”

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) spokesperson D P Tripathi said that being the leader of the principal opposition party, Rahul Gandhi should have refrained from using such words. According to Tripathi, the surgical strikes were “historic”, but there should not be any “chest-thumping” and “drum-beating” over the issue.

Janata Dal (United) secretary-general K C Tyagi said, “We wonder why the BJP should try to use the surgical strikes by the Army for political gains. We also wonder why the Congress should question the Army’s announcement of its action,” Tyagi said.

Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal urged all parties to set aside their differences and rally behind the Prime Minister. Critical of Rahul, Kejriwal said, “Our soldiers valiantly carried out surgical strikes and demolished terror addresses. I strongly criticise Rahul Gandhi’s remarks wherein he said that the Army’s sacrifices and bravery was ‘khoon ki dalali’.”

The Trinamool Congress refused to comment.

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  1. Abchal
    Oct 8, 2016 at 6:34 am
    Big parties first priory is to win election Otherwise why parties not bothered about poverty, unemployment, farmers suicide. Parties think they have got exclusive right on patriotism and nationalism. Views of general public are lost in noise and din created by leaders.
    1. N
      Niladrinath Mohanty
      Oct 8, 2016 at 4:10 am
      No politician ever makes a comment ( 'honest' or otherwise) without a motive. Kejriwal or anybody else are no exceptions. Kejriwal wants to fight in the Punjab state elections and is apprehensive that this 'surgical strike' may take off some shine from his campaign and hence the thoughtless demand for video graphed proof of the operation. He did not realize the implications. Example of Osama bin Laden operation has been cited without realizing that the US has no common land m with stan and it is far away from their country. MY PROPOSITION IS THAT THERE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ANY HUE AND CRY AS WE ARE WITNESSING NOW IF THERE WAS NO ELECTION IN UP AND PUNJAB IN THE NEAR FUTURE. The Congress party, BSP and AAP are afraid that BJP will hugely benefit from the 'surgical strike' in the elections particularly in UP. I have not seen any views from the top leaders of the Samajwadi Party. In Punjab BJP has a small stake as political party. IN FACT, BJP should have left the matter to the perception, wisdom and judgement of the people about their choice in Punjab and UP elections and not directly or indirectly sought to take advantage of the surgical strike. The Communists rarely speak positively and it is their habit to speak against whichever Govt. is in power. The people of India have enough common sense to judge who is good and who is not so good. Let us leave the issue to them.
      1. M
        Oct 8, 2016 at 4:51 am
        All parties have fear of losing elections. If this operation of cleaning terrorism continue for 5-6 years, then opposition will turn mad. That's why they are not allowed Mody Govt to work. They, all opposition talking suitable to b stam. So if stan opens war then these chapters can be closed in 4-6 months.
        1. P
          Oct 8, 2016 at 3:09 am
          The comments by Iyengar are excellent. Be it surgical strike or regular wars, Indian politicians are Indian politicians. Their aim is party gain, not national interest. This is the reason why stan sends its trained terrorists even to Parliament. They know these politicians will quarrel with each other and weaken the w matter. This is expected. I hope these people gets some training how to behave (or at least act) like gentlemen. Chest-thumping, drum beating, childish statements....please avoid and behave like mature men. If you can't, at least keep quiet.
          1. Rakesh Katyal
            Oct 8, 2016 at 4:48 am
            Congress blames BJP for releasing Masur Azhar but wants BJP to take no credit for strikes. What an irony ? If they have to take backlash for Kandhar then they must are also due forcredit on strikes.
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