Surgical strikes: Major share goes to PM, says Manohar Parrikar

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday rejected claims that surgical strikes were undertaken during the UPA regime and asserted that a “major” share of credit for the Army action last month goes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Congress, while officially supporting the government over the strike, 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,” Parrikar said rejecting Congress’s claims. Explaining the concept, Parriakar said such operations are carried out without official order or prior sanction of the government. “It is done without the knowledge of anyone. Report is subsequently given,” the defence minister said underlining the action is taken by the local commander for settling scores. 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,” he said.
Speaking at two different events, he 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.
At the same time, he said 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 at a function here, adding it will settle the nerves of many.
The minister said he understands the sentiments of the people who are satisfied after the strikes.
Parrikar said that if the government wanted to take political mileage out of this, then he would have announced it rather than the Director General of Military Operations.
Several political leaders and parties have raised questions on the surgical strike and some have sought proof.

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