The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Thursday slammed Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar for his statement “no surgical strike took place under the previous UPA regime”, terming it ‘politically motivated’.
“This statement should not have been made in respect to the Defence Minister. He was nowhere, he did not know what happened 20-25 years ago,” said NCP leader Majeed Memon.
The NCP leader said Parrikar should have refrained from making such statements.
Memon, however, supported the Defence Minister’s praise of the Army’s surgical strike, saying, “It is absolutely right, I entirely agree with this statement of the Defence Minister. The credit would go to the Army as a whole and to those jawans who in fact participated on ground, and they are the people who should be credited for this and complimented for it.”
On Wednesday, Parrikar said credit for the cross-border operation must go to the Indian Army.
Maintaining that he only helped in “decision-making and planning”, Parrikar said the real credit for the Indian Army’s surgical strike go to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“Credit must be given to Army.. credit also goes to the PM for decision-making and planning. I will only share the credit, major share goes to the PM. This should settle the nerves of many people,” Parrikar said, addressing an audience at the MET 2016 (Materials Engineering Technology) conference in Mumbai.
Recently, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said that it was the soldiers who were making sacrifices for the nation but ministers in the Narendra Modi government were trying to grab all the credit for the surgical strike through “posters and hoardings”.
Parrikar also rejected the Congress’s claims that surgical strike were undertaken during the UPA regime.
On 28 September night, the Indian Army had carried out the said surgical strike across the Line of Control, killing around 40 militants and many launch pads stationed in PoK areas.