A day after former union minister Manish Tewari said that The Indian Express report in 2012 about Army units moving towards Delhi without notifying the then UPA government was “true”, the BJP demanded a statement from the Congress, including from former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and then defence minister A K Antony.
“Congress should make it clear what is correct, what the then defence minister said in Parliament, or what Tewari claims now? If what Tewari said is true, (former) defence minister Antony has not spoken the truth in Parliament,” BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli said.
Kohli and party national secretary Siddharth Nath Singh questioned the timing of Tewari’s remark. “Why has Tewari chosen to say so now?
It appears Congress is following a strategy, which is, while in government they had one stand and have a polar opposite stand now in opposition. On the issue of GST also, they supported it while they were in power and are now blocking it,” Kohli said.
Singh added: “Manish Tewari is raking up an issue wherein their own government had denied that there was any coup movement. His now raising this issue throws many questions which must be answered by the Congress… We have seen in past that Congress has tried to demoralise the armed forces by raising questions on national security.”
The BJP, Singh said, “demands a statement from no one less than former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and former defence minister A K Antony”.
Kohli also attacked Tewari for “ignoring norms and traditions that have been respected for long” in revealing what was discussed in a meeting of a Parliamentary Committee.