1. Congress calls Manohar Parrikar a ‘national embarrassment’ after Defence Minister credits RSS for surgical strikes

Congress calls Manohar Parrikar a ‘national embarrassment’ after Defence Minister credits RSS for surgical strikes

Congress on Monday hit out at Parrikar for giving credit to RSS for the decision to conduct surgical strike across LoC in PoK.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: October 17, 2016 6:21 PM
Congress on Monday hit out at Parrikar for giving credit to RSS for the decision to conduct surgical strike across LoC in PoK. (PTI) Congress on Monday hit out at Parrikar for giving credit to RSS for the decision to conduct surgical strike across LoC in PoK. (PTI)

Three phrases have been doing the rounds in media for some time now. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, controversial statements and surgical strikes– are the ones. Opposition parties also have been using those to take swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government. Congress on Monday hit out at Parrikar for giving credit to RSS for the decision to conduct surgical strike across LoC in PoK. “Defence Minister is quick to credit the RSS for ops along LoC. This leads to two inescapable conclusions,” party’s national spokesperson Manish Tewari said. He also flayed Parrikar by calling him a “national embarrassment” and claimed the former Goa Chief Minister “doesn’t deserve to be the Defence Minister.”

Earlier in the day, Parrikar said, “I wonder that a Prime Minister from land of Mahatma Gandhi and a defence minister from Goa and surgical strikes, the situation was quite… maybe the RSS teachings was there, but this was very different kind of combination.”

Speaking at a “Know Your Army” event organised at the Nirma University campus, the Defence Minister said both the Prime Minister and he have been facing a tough situation when people began questioning them after the Uri attacks. “After 18 soldiers were martyred in Uri we had to face a lot of difficult situations. Till the 29th of September, the Prime Minister was targeted on the social media and in other media. Some share of the criticism was also directed towards me,” Parrikar added.

He also slammed “some politicians” for seeking proof of the surgical strkes. The defence minister while speaking to a gathering largely consisting of students and faculty members, said, “Some people have been seeking proof (of surgical strikes)… Some people will never get convinced even if solid proof is given… When Indian Army does something we should remember that this is one of the world’s best, professional, brave and an army with high integrity.”

Notably, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideologue M.G. Vaidya on had supported Parrikar’s statement of sharing credit for the surgical strike with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and added that co-ordination between the army and leaders are important to make any work successful. “The contribution of the success of surgical strike goes to the Indian army, but the leaders who guided them there approval was also required. Had the leaders not give them permission, then the army would not have been able to carry out the work. In the same way, if the leader gives permission and the army is not ready, then also the work will not be carried out. They both worked in co-ordination then only the surgical strike was successful,” Vaidya said.

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    Amitava Dhar
    Oct 17, 2016 at 9:51 pm
    Rahul hi is a far bigger embarrment for the nation, Wonder how is the VP of Congress. That is why congress is in opposition today and not in power, also may remain so for future.
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    Amitava Dhar
    Oct 18, 2016 at 2:28 am
    Rahul hi is the biggest embarrment for the country. Congress needs to think about that.
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    K P
    Oct 17, 2016 at 2:04 pm
    Honourable PM was seen as stating to keep the mouth shut on surgical strikes. I hear that he told it to his cabinet colleagues. What is the use of being to IIT if you fail to respect your leader and his wisdom ? .
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    K P
    Oct 17, 2016 at 2:00 pm
    Mr.Parikkar, if you have any access go through the Entebbe Rescue operations by Israeli Defen as the cabinet was negotiating the approval, the Israeli Airforce planes were almost 300 miles airborne. An army has its own strategy. Political leadership understands less than what Army understands about our security. Don't be in fools paradise. Its true that you have done a good work. But instead of looking forward don't try to gain political milege from surgical strikes. You are talking as if Indian Army was born in 2014. Pls stop this. NDTV has set a remarkable example before you. Take time to watch them. Lets learn to be more Indian than being Congressi or BJPi
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    Kuntal Bhattacharjya
    Oct 17, 2016 at 3:04 pm
    Bjp is exposed completely :-reason behind Modi's hus hus instruction -Influence of rss on serious decision making on defence Parikkar exposed bjp - rahul's allegation getting flesh and blood - bjp and modi really e on election .More killing of indian solders more will be the pole prospect .
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