Parrikar’s remark are in contrast to the claims made by Congress which said that surgical strikes had been carried out in the past and that the then Manmohan Singh government never publicised such operations.
“In this, local commanders take positive action against opponents who have been troubling them to settle the score… it is not an official action approved by the government, these are called covert op without knowledge of anyone,” he added.
Amid the accusations that the government is trying to appropriate undue credit for the surgical strikes across the Line of Control, Parrikar said that while the armed forces deserve “100 percent credit”, the government “must be cheered for the decision it took boldly.” He also said that even those doubting the surgical strikes took place can take credit for them.
Parrikar’s comments were seen as a response to comments made by Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal who said the PM should present proof of the strike on seven terrorist camps in Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir late last month. At the same time the minister also took on the Opposition who said the BJP is “taking advantage of the bloodshed of soldiers.”
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