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LoC surgical strikes by Indian Army cheered on by Opposition

Charu Kartikeya | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:46 IST

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.

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.

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She soon sent out another tweet, saluting the Army, saying that the country is indebted to the Army for this action.

The Aam Aadmi Part wasn't far behind. Party chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted an emphatic 'Bharat Mata ki Jai!"

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.

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.

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First published: 29 September 2016, 2:22 IST
Charu Kartikeya @CharuKeya

Assistant Editor at Catch, Charu enjoys covering politics and uncovering politicians. Of nine years in journalism, he spent six happily covering Parliament and parliamentarians at Lok Sabha TV and the other three as news anchor at Doordarshan News. A Royal Enfield enthusiast, he dreams of having enough time to roar away towards Ladakh, but for the moment the only miles he's covering are the 20-km stretch between home and work.