PM Modi, Army deserve credit for surgical strike: Parrikar

Parrikar hailed PM Modi for taking a decision and giving a go-ahead to the strikes along the LoC to destroy terror launch pads

PM Modi, Army deserve credit for surgical strike: Parrikar

Amid the escalating political war-of-words surrounding the surgical strikes, Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday 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 strikes 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 strikes through "posters and hoardings".

October 6, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, concluding his 'Kisan Yatra' in New Delhi, accused Prime Minister Modi of playing politics over the blood of soldiers.

“Jinhone Hindustan ke liye surgical strike kiye hain, unke khoon ke peeche aap chhupe hain. Unki aap dalali kar rahe ho. Yeh bilkul galat hai. {You (Modi) are hiding behind the blood of soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir and those who carried out the surgical strikes for India. You are exploiting their sacrifices, which is very wrong},” Rahul said.

His ‘dalali’ barb triggered a major controversy with the BJP and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal slamming him for his statement. Kejriwal said that words like ‘dalali’ should not have been used by Rahul Gandhi and that the times call for everyone to stand united. BJP called it “a new low in Indian politics”.

Indian Army carried out surgical strikes on terrorist camps in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir  on the night of September 28 destructing terror launch pads.