Sonia, Kejriwal welcome surgical strike; hail Indian Army
BJP President Amit Shah also congratulated the Indian Army and Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Ruling and opposition parties have become united in the aftermath of the Uri attack and the Centre's retaliation by launching a surgical strike across the Line of Control to prevent terrorists to enter India from Pakistan's soil.
A 2014 Prime Ministerial candidate and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal lauds PM Modi for the surgical strike. He tweeted: "Bharat Mata ki Jai. The entire country with the Army."
Delhi Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra had even started an online petition urging PM Modi to withdraw the most favoured nation status given to Pakistan. “My petition to Modi Ji - Time to officially declare Pak a Terrorist State. Impose Econ Sanctions & Remove MFN status,” Mishra said in a tweet.
"There is no opposition today. India is One. Let Indian Army create history and entire Nation stands behind them firmly. Dear Pakistani terrorists, you don't need to cross LOC (line of control) for getting killed. Army has started home delivery. Special festive season offer (sic)," Mishra said in his tweet.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi also hailed the PM's move to launch the surgical strike for the safeguard of the country.
The Congress president, in a statement, said the party stood with the government in its actions to protect our country's security and deal with the menace of terrorism from across the border.
"This is a strong message that conveys our country's resolve to prevent further infiltration and attacks on our security forces our people," read the Congress statement.
The Congress party hoped that Pakistan would recognise that it bore a great responsibility in the continuing cross-border terrorist attacks against India, Gandhi said.
"The party expects that Pakistan will take effective action to dismantle the infrastructure of terrorism that it has supported and it ensures that its territory and the territory under its control is not used for terrorist purposes against India," she added.
Congress Uttar Pradesh chief Raj Babbar said, "If our Army has taken a decision, the whole nation will support them."
On Wednesday, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh called up chief ministers and leaders of major political parties to brief them on the cross-border strikes carried out by the Indian Army.