‘Antony ambushed by Parliament to take back remark’

Terming Defence Minister A K Antony’s first statement in Parliament over the ambush of Indian soldiers

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: August 12, 2013 2:51 am

Terming Defence Minister A K Antony’s first statement in Parliament over the ambush of Indian soldiers along the LoC with Pakistan as a “goof up”,BJP veteran L K Advani said Antony was “ambushed” by Parliament to retract his “wishy-washy” statement.

“I would say that if the Pak army ambushed our jawans on the LoC and killed five of them,the Indian Parliament,upset with Antony’s statement,ambushed the Defence Minister and forced him to take back his wishy-washy version of the first day,and replace it with another statement,fully reflecting the national mood of anger against Pakistan,” Advani said in his blog alleging that “he (Antony) consciously made changes in the official version issued by the Army”.

Advani,however,expressed satisfaction that Antony’s revised statement made Indian position unambiguous over any kind of talks between the two countries against the “PMO inspired news report that the PM would be holding talks with Nawaz Sharif,and that too without the rider of 26/11 – meaning that there would be no insistence on the culprits behind the terrorist attack on Mumbai being revealed”. In the backdrop of the BJP gaining an upper hand over the ruling Congress in the first week of Parliament,Advani charged the UPA government of “messing up” the Monsoon Session.

Advani highlighted that it was Congressmen belonging to Andhra region who were disrupting Parliament despite BJP’s appeal to the government to restrain its party members. “But there was no evidence of even an attempt being made in that direction!” Advani said expressing disappointment.

While highlighting how amicably the NDA government had managed to carve out three new states in 2000,he sought to stress that “BJP was in favour of Telangana even then but because one of the supporting parties of our government at that time,namely,the TDP,was not in favour”.

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