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Opposition condemns ‘blatant politicisation’ of sacrifices of armed forces

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Published on March 04, 2019 with No Comments


Your ill-advised statement is being used by Pakistan to bolster its case: Jaitley 

Finance Minister of India  Arun Jaitley has  appealed to opposition parties to introspect their statement, saying it is being used by Pakistan to bolster their case. In a series of tweets  Jaitley questioned that when the whole nation has spoken in one voice, then why is “India’s opposition alleging that the government is politicising our Anti-Terror Operations .

Jaitley said: “My appeal to India’s opposition – ‘Let the country speak in one voice’. Please introspect – ‘Your ill-advised statement is being used by Pakistan to bolster its case’.” The cross border terror attack in Pulwama was a reality.

Opposition parties in India have slammed the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi-led government for “blatant politicisation” of the prevailing security situation and deaths of armed personnel, signalling that they would no longer restrain themselves from questioning the Centre.

Twenty-one Opposition parties met for over three hours and signed a joint memorandum. Congress president Rahul Gandhi read out the statement to reporters.

“The meeting of 21 parties expressed their deep anguish over the blatant politicisation of the sacrifices made by our armed forces by leader of the ruling party. National security must transcend narrow political considerations,” the Opposition joint memorandum said.

The parties observed that the Prime Minister “regrettably” had not convened an all-party meeting as is the norm.

The memorandum mourned the death of 40 CRPF jawans in Pulwama and hailed the Indian Air Force for the cross-border strikes. They also expressed “deep concern” for the Indian Air Force pilot, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, captured by Pakistan.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi said right now it was time to stand by the security forces but at the same time if Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought to take credit for the Indian Air Force’s action against a Jaish terror camp in Balakot, then he should also be held accountable for the lapses in Pulwama.

CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, who was one of the first speakers, at the 21-party meet, said that the Opposition should build pressure on the government to ensure that it sticks to its earlier stand that the air strikes were an anti-terror operation and should not escalate the situation any further.

Trinamool Congress president and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that the Opposition should take an aggressive stand and the BJP should be held accountable. She said that in the joint memorandum Prime Minister Modi and the BJP should be clearly mentioned. She said that the Opposition should not concede space to the BJP and it was time to ask questions.


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