Politics over surgical strikes: Parrikar says no such operations in past, Congress hits back

The politics over surgical strikes refuses to die as Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday rejected Congress's claim of carrying similar operation during the UPA rule saying no such operation was conducted in previous years as per his knowledge.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: October 13, 2016 6:59 pm
parrikar, congress, surgical strikes The Congress soon hit back at Parrikar saying defence minister’s statement undermies the sacrifice of Army and indulges in “blatant politicisation” of the issue.

The politics over surgical strikes refuses to die as Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday rejected Congress’s claim of carrying similar operations during the UPA rule saying no such actions happened in previous years as per his knowledge.

“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.

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While Congress demanded an apology, Parrikar asserted that a “major” share of credit for the army action last month goes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Speaking at two events in Mumbai, Parrikar 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 Modi and the government for decision-making and planning.

The Congress soon hit back at Parrikar saying defence minister’s statement undermines the sacrifice of Army and indulges 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? “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.

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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 Aam Aadmi Party also accused Parrikar of “belittling” the valour of the Indian Army, saying his statement over surgical strikes shows that he is indulging in low-grade politics.

The party also claimed that the BJP was trying to encash on the issue ahead of Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls.

“There is no better example of low-grade politics. By issuing such statement, Parrikar is belittling the achievements of the Indian Army, which has had a proud history of valour and sacrifice,” AAP’s Delhi unit convener Dilip Pandey said.


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    IML sood
    Oct 12, 2016 at 2:38 pm
    It is proved now that Mom and Pappu's party is not champion in frauds but in lies also.Just imagine what could they have done with the Nation's honour in such a long rule. Still their shameless stooges have face to speak ill of the country but time is coming for their accountability now.
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      Oct 12, 2016 at 1:47 pm
      Parikkar is right. Only sanghis are capable of surgical strikes. Proof: babri masjid, samjhauta express, malegaon, dadri, Gujarati Dalits, chhattisgarh Adivasis, our part of Kashmir, Rohith Vemula.
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        Babu Gupta
        Oct 12, 2016 at 1:51 pm
        Military personnels (like retired generals) have repeated denied any surgical strikes so far. Mr Parriker is right.
        1. D
          Oct 12, 2016 at 1:35 pm
          stan will be divided into 4 pieces.lt;br/gt;insha allah.lt;br/gt;....�lt;br/gt;allah ki yahi marzi hai hai..lt;br/gt;Ameen..lt;br/gt;''''''''
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            PS Azurite
            Oct 12, 2016 at 2:06 pm
            I don't know when these POLITICIANS stop talking about this and making ARMY into a laughing stock. Some one wants to convert this operation into VOTES and some one wants to BLOCK these VOTES. End of the day both are the typical INDIAN POLITICIANS .
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              B.Ganga Raju
              Oct 12, 2016 at 3:13 pm
              Well. History of Independent India did not begin in 2014. Kindly keep actions by army above politics. Otherwise see sthan's example with army dictating to politicians. With all our deficiencies, weaknesses, corruption in high places Parliamentary Democracy survived in India. That is something we can be proud of.
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                Oct 12, 2016 at 3:51 pm
                It means army has not done anything since independence. Only after Modi becom PMarmy, is doing surgical strickes. Then who guarded our nation.?lt;br/gt;Army is doing its job, lt;br/gt;Army do not require publicitylt;br/gt;W nation support our arm forces.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Govt has to deliver all the promises made to the people before election.lt;br/gt;Do not waste time in publicity.lt;br/gt;Regarding job creation, govt performance is almost nil, some people in govt is wasting time in publicity.
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                  George Cruz
                  Oct 12, 2016 at 4:07 pm
                  The Muslim leaders like Abdullah/Nehru took the case to UN in order to gobble the JandK exclusively for Muslims in 1947 after the brave Indian army moved into the JandK and next they were instrumental in creation of the ill conceived article 370. The reality is that the Kashmir Separatist Islamic Jihadists in the Kashmir Valley wouldn't have survived for the last 65 years without the total support of the Abdullahs/Gilanis/Mufits. Going forward, the BJP/Modi's multi throng policy to contain/constrain the terror emanating from the Islamic stan is an intelligent strategy: lt;br/gt;1. Isolate stan - started with the boycott of the SAARC event held in stan with the full backing of Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. lt;br/gt;2. Trade sanctions - Suspend trade with stan in all facets of the commerce. lt;br/gt;3. Arrest and prosecute the Kashmir separatists leaders like Abdullahs/Gilanis/Muftis.lt;br/gt;4. Expose stan terror to the world- Modi is seeking cooperation of the western countries to declare stan as a terror state.
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