Govern­ment ac­tion gets sup­port from Left, Right and Cen­tre

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - NATION - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

NEW DELHI: All po­lit­i­cal par­ties on Thurs­day firmly backed the Modi govern­ment on the “sur­gi­cal strikes” across the line of con­trol, In­dia’s first mil­i­tary re­sponse to the Uri at­tack, and lauded the army for en­sur­ing the coun­try’s se­cu­rity.

A few hours af­ter the army an­nounced it had crossed the LOC and hit mil­i­tants pre­par­ing to in­fil­trate from Pak­istan oc­cu­pied Kash­mir, the govern­ment called an all-party meet­ing, chaired by home minister Ra­j­nath Singh, to brief the lead­ers.

Ahead of the meet­ing, ex­ter­nal af­fairs minister Sushma Swaraj drove down to Congress pres­i­dent So­nia Gandhi’s 10, Jan­path res­i­dence and briefed her on the light­ning strikes.

“This is a strong mes­sage that con­veys our coun­try’s re­solve to pre­vent fur­ther in­fil­tra­tion and at­tacks on our se­cu­rity forces and our peo­ple,” Gandhi said in a state­ment.

Her party sup­ported the govern­ment in its ac­tions to pro­tect the coun­try’s se­cu­rity and deal with the men­ace cross-bor­der ter­ror, she said.

The same sen­ti­ments were ex­pressed in the meet­ing.

The home minister, de­fence minister Manohar Par­rikar and direc­tor gen­eral of mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions Lt Gen Ran­bir Singh up­dated the lead­ers but didn’t share the op­er­a­tion details.

Na­tion­al­ist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar, a for­mer de­fence minister, lauded the army for the “metic­u­lous op­er­a­tion”. Sharad Ya­dav of the Janata Dal (United) praised the force’s “de­ter­mi­na­tion” and “will” in con­duct­ing raids past mid­night in a dif­fi­cult ter­rain to en­sure In­dia’s se­cu­rity.

Congress leader Ghu­lam Nabi Azad was of the opin­ion that Pak­istan would not es­ca­late the sit­u­a­tion.

In a state­ment, the CPM Polit­buro ex­pressed hope that “now in­ci­dents like at Pathankot and at Uri” wouldn’t be re­peated. Party leader Si­taram Yechury at­tended the meet­ing.

BJP chief Amit Shah praised the army and also Prime Minister Naren­dra Modi’s lead­er­ship. “To­day’s strikes sig­nal the rise of a new In­dia where the govern­ment doesn’t get cowed down by ne­far­i­ous de­signs of ter­ror­ists,” he tweeted.

Delhi chief minister and AAP leader Arvind Ke­jri­wal saluted the army. “Bharat Mata Ki Jai. The en­tire coun­try is with the

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