LoC surgical strikes by Indian Army cheered on by Opposition
Several Opposition parties are yet to respond to the Indian Army's announcement of surgical strikes across the LoC, but the few responses that have come in indicate the Opposition's approval.
The Janata Dal (United) was among the first few to respond. It issued an unequivocal message congratulating the Army.
We congratulate Indian Army for successful surgical strikes across LoC— Janata Dal (United) (@JanatadalU) September 29, 2016
Though JD(U)'s ally Rashtriya Janata Dal is yet to issue an official statement, Misa Bharti, RJD MP and daughter of party supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav, tweeted 'Kudos' to the Army.
Kudos to Indian Army. The nation is proud of you. https://t.co/1rCiPGBbha— Dr. Misa Bharti (@MisaBharti) September 29, 2016
She soon sent out another tweet, saluting the Army, saying that the country is indebted to the Army for this action.
शूरवीरों की यह धरती भारतीय सेना के शौर्य, वीरता और अदम्य साहस के समक्ष नतमस्तक है, कृतज्ञ है, ऋणी है। जय हिंद। जय... https://t.co/RHuBwO6la1— Dr. Misa Bharti (@MisaBharti) September 29, 2016
The Aam Aadmi Part wasn't far behind. Party chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted an emphatic 'Bharat Mata ki Jai!"
भारत माता की जय। पूरा देश भारतीय सेना के साथ है— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) September 29, 2016
RS Surjewala, the Congress spokesperson, issued an official statement: "INC wholeheartedly supports the surgical strike in PoK by the Indian Army. Salute the valour of our armed forces."
MP and president of Uttar Pradesh Congress, Raj Babbar, also welcomed the strikes.
If our army has taken a decision, the whole nation will support them: UP Congress President Raj Babbar pic.twitter.com/LKya5oZmKw— ANI (@ANI_news) September 29, 2016
Congress sources also claim that former prime minister Manmohan Singh was consulted before the strikes.
These responses came in even as reports claimed that an all-party meeting has been called for at the Prime Minister's residence in New Delhi at 4 pm. The objective of the meet could be to personally apprise all parties with details of the Army's action and to also seek cooperation and advice on any future strategies.
If these early responses are anything to go by, they indicate that the Opposition is largely on the same page as the government. Opposition parties are approving the strikes and congratulating the Army for the action.