BSP chief Mayawati on Tuesday said that Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar giving credit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the RSS for the Army's surgical strikes on terror launchpads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir amounts to degrading the Army. First thing is except some politicians, every Indian is rising in unison and standing behind our courageous soldiers. It (Army) is the world's best, professional, fearless and having very high integrity. "May be the RSS teaching was at the core, but this was quite a different kind of combination", Mr Parrikar said at a function, "Know your Army", organised in Ahmedabad. "And what does it say; we strongly condemn the recent several attacks against some BRICS countries including that in India", Tewari added.
The Congress on Monday hit out at Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar for his comment that "RSS ideology inspired surgical strikes", and said that he is a "national embarrassment" and "doesn't derserve to hold his portfolio".
"Though the RSS claims to be a cultural organisation, its activities pointed that they always worked with political motives, with a particular mentality in favour of a political party. its people are now present in the BJP and government", she said.
"Violations are regularly taking place for the last five-six years. The only difference is that if they do it now, we give them a befitting reply". "The surgical strikes have achieved two things - firstly, the country has become sensitive to national security and secondly the entire nation has united behind the army".
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Reacting to the remarks, Mayawati said, "It is wrong on the part of the prime minister and defence minister to take credit for surgical strikes and take political mileage in the coming polls".
The minister said some ex-servicemen have even offered their services.
On the illegal sneaking-in of people in Gujarat from border adjoining Pakistan, Parrikar said, "BSF is tightening security at the border. But we will use technology and fill the gaps to ensure no unauthorised person enters our territory".
"The operations along the LOC were unfortunately targeted more for the domestic consumption rather than changing the behaviour of Pakistan", he said. "Where the government is supposed to speak, where the government is supposed to do its job, there the government is an abject failure", claimed Manish Tewari.