Under fire from the opposition over escalating ceasefire violations by Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that India has responded to the aggression with courage and lamented public debate on the issue for political gains.
“Today, when bullets are being fired on the border, it is the enemy that is screaming. Our jawans have responded to the aggression with courage,” Modi said at an election rally at Baramati, the turf of NCP chief and former Defence Minister Sharad Pawar.
“The enemy has realised that times have changed and their old habits will not be tolerated,” he said.
He slammed those targeting the government on the issue through a public discourse, saying it demoralised the jawans fighting on the border.
He further said that ceasefire violation should not be politicised. Issues like ceasefire violations should not be a matter of debate for political gains, PM Modi.
We never politicised terror attacks in Mumbai or Malegaon, PM said further.
Meanwhile, hitting out at Congress for taking on PM Modi on the issue of ceasefire violations by Pakistan, BJP termed criticism by the opposition party as ‘unfortunate’ saying the sensitive issue should not be ‘politicised’.
“Congress party has ruled the country for many number of years. It is expected to respond in a more mature manner and in a responsible manner,” Union Minister and senior BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu said on the sidelines of a function here when asked to comment on Congress’ attack on the government over the issue of ceasefire violations by Pakistan.
Reminding Congress of the ceasefire violations that took place when it was in power, Naidu said, “An umpteen number of times ceasefire violations had taken place besides Pakistan abetting, aiding, funding and training terrorists in the country and we have not forgotten the 26/11 incident.
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“So that being the case, Congress party is trying to politicise the sensitive issue which is related to the security of the country. It is unfortunate,” he said.
Naidu said whatever is required will be done. “I hope they (Congress) understand what they are doing. As far as the government is concerned, we are alive to the situation and whatever is to happen, will happen,” he said.
Hinting at a “conspiracy” hatched in Pakistan to divert attention from development initiatives taken by the Indian government, he said, “Pakistan will be made to understand what is the response of India. But I am afraid whether there is any conspiracy on the part of Pakistan to divert the attention of people from the faster development and great initiatives taken by in recent months.”
BJP Secretary Srikant Sharma too criticised Congress along with NCP and other parties for “playing politics” on the sensitive issue.
“We condemn the Congress, NCP and other political parties for not leaving any opportunity of playing politics on this serious issue. It is because of their frustration over losing elections that they are criticising the government even without knowing of the ground situation.
“By criticising the Government they are trying to lower the morale of the forces,” Sharma said even as he lauded the Indian forces for giving a befitting reply to Pakistan’s cross border firing and the government for giving them a free hand.
Lauding Narendra Modi for isolating Pakistan at the United Nations, Sharma said the Prime Minister had exposed Pakistan before the international community and those nations which used support it earlier are today moving away from it.
Terming Pakistan’s misdemeanours at the border as “acts of desperation”, Sharma said the Government has rightly given a free hand to the forces to deal with cross border firing unlike in the past when they would keep waiting for Delhi’s orders to retaliate to the firing.
The BJP leader hit out at the Opposition saying instead of criticising, they should stand behind the Government on this serious issue.
Sharma further attacked the Congress saying it had no moral right to comment on the issue as it had in the past
attempted a cover up of the misdeeds of Pakistan when they had beheaded Indian soldiers.