Credit Army, cheer govt too for strikes: Parrikar Narrow roads break Dipa Karmakar’s BMW dream
LoC ACTION Minister dismisses claims of previous precision hits, Oppn hits back
The army deserves full credit for last month’s surgical strikes on militant shelters across the Line–of-Control with Pakistan but the government must also be cheered for taking the bold decision, defence minister Manohar Parrikar said on Wednesday.
Parrikar’s comments came a day after HT reported that he was set to become the BJP’s star campaigner for next year’s elections in Uttar Pradesh, where the party wants to showcase the government’s “decisiveness” in hitting militants inside Pakistanoccupied-Kashmir.
The defence minister also said India did not carry out any surgical strikes in the past, refuting claims by the Congress that its governments had ordered such precision attacks but never made those public to claim credit.
“What probably they are quoting are actions taken by border action teams, which is a common practice across globe including the Indian Army,” Parrikar said at a city event, adding such covert operations were not ordered by the government. Defence minister Manohar Parrikar looking at exhibits during the inauguration of the MET+HTS 2016 exhibition at Vashi, Navi Mumbai, on Wednesday.
Earlier in the day, he set off a storm of protest from opposition groups by suggesting that, while the Army deserved praise for the September 29 strikes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi should get most of the credit for ordering the attack, and he himself should get some of it.
“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.
“We in the government and I personally as the defence minister are happy to share the credit with the army, the 127 crore citizens and also those doubting Thomases,” he said at another function.
His comments come amid opposition claims that the government was trying to leverage the military action for political gains in states going to elections early next year, prompting Modi to ask his ministers and party leaders to desist from chest-thumping.
For ace gymnast Dipa Karmakar, making the deathdefying Produnova somersault and challenging the world’s best at the Olympics was relatively easier than trying to manoeuvre her swanky new BMW through the narrow roads of Agartala.
Now, the Karmakars are planning to return the mean machine and seek a replacement — a car which can be driven around Tripura’s capital.
Dipa, 23, was gifted the car by the Hyderabad Badminton Association as a token of appreciation for her feat — the first Indian gymnast to participate in the Olympics event though she (From left) Shuttler PV Sindhu, gymnast Dipa Karmakar, wrestler Sakshi Malik, former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and Sindhu’s coach P Gopichand with the BMWs in Hyderabad.
narrowly failed to win a medal after finishing fourth.
BMW’s brand ambassador in India, former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, had handed over the car keys to Dipa along
with two medal winners, shuttler PV Sindhu and wrestler Sakshi Malik. Sindhu’s coach P Gopichand was also given a BMW car.