Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday rebuffed the Congress’ claim that surgical strikes were carried out during the UPA regime. He asserted that a “major” share of credit for the Army’s cross-border strike goes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Hailing the government’s move to protect the country by carrying out the surgical strike, Congress had said that similar operations were undertaken during its tenure also.
“I have been the Defence Minister for two years. From whatever I have known, there is no surgical strike from previous years. What they are quoting are actions taken by border action teams. These are common actions across the globe and by the Indian Army,” the Defence Minister said rejecting Congress’s claims.
Parrikar went on to say that such operations are carried out without official order or prior sanction of the government.
Parrikar made it clear that unlike earlier, this time it was a surgical strike because “decision was taken and conveyed” and the Army did the job well.
“This was an operation which clearly indicates the intent of the government and the nation,” Parrikar said.
Addressing two different events, Parrikar said all the 127 crore people of India, including “doubting Thomases”, and the Army share and deserve credit for the operation as it was done by the armed forces and not by any political party.
He claimed that “major share” of credit does go to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the government for decision-making and planning.
“I don’t mind sharing the credit, including on surgical strike, with every countryman because it is done by our armed forces and not by any political party. So all Indians, including, those doubting Thomases, can share the credit,” he said, adding that, it will settle the nerves of many.
Reacting sharply to the Parrikar’s remark, the Congress on Wednesday said that he and Prime Minister Narendra Modi should seek pardon from the armed forces for “undermining” their sacrifices for the country. Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said that “we vehemently dismiss and strongly condemn” remarks made by Parrikar “today on two occasions”.