Surgical strikes: Rahul Gandhi lauds Modi's first major achievement as PM
When the Prime Minister does the job a PM is supposed to do, I support him. I want to congratulate him," the Congress vice-president said
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who has often criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for the first time has credited the Prime Minister for the surgical strikes on Pakistan as "first action worthy of a PM" and the most significant task in his two and half years in power.
Addressing a public meeting in Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr, he said: "When the Prime Minister does the job a PM is supposed to do, I support him. I want to congratulate him."
"In the last two and half years and more, this is the first action worthy of a PM. The whole country is with him. All of us stand firmly united against terrorism and those who support and sponsor it," Rahul Gandhi said.
"All of us stand firmly united against terrorism and those who support and sponsor it. The Congress Party and I salute the Indian Army and our jawans for acting valiantly to defend our country and our people," said the statement.
Shortly after the strike, Congress president Sonia Gandhi had also backed the government on Army's action. Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swraj drove down personally to 10 Janpath to meet Sonia Gandhi to inform her about the surgical strikes by the Army.
"This is a strong message that conveys our country's resolve to prevent further infiltration and attacks on our security forces and our people," Sonia had said congratulating the Armed Forces on the success of the operation.
All opposition parties, that were called for the all-party meeting to be briefed by the government and the Army on the operation, fully backed the Centre on the surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC). It is widely seen as a defining moment as it showed that all parties are united when it comes to terror and national security.