BJP spokespersons stress pre-emptive focus of strikes

BJP spokespersons stress pre-emptive focus of strikes

Party MPs briefed, told to stick to government line

 

As news of the air strikes by India at the terror camps in Pakistan started trickling in, spokespersons of the BJP were asked to strictly adhere to the government’s line that they were pre-emptive in nature to neutralise terrorists.

 

BJP spokespersons, after a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security, were briefed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman about this being a pre-emptive strike.

 

Party chief Amit Shah tweeted his reactions by 1.30 p.m., congratulating the armed forces, adding that “today’s action further demonstrates that India is safe and secure under the strong and decisive leadership of Prime Minister Modi.”

 

Party general secretary Ram Madhav too issued a statement echoing the same sentiment, that the nation acted on security impulses rather than revenge.

 

“Country is in safe hands. The willpower of the Prime Minister has led to the action today. We had political leadership in the Prime Minister which decided this time to act. We acted in a responsible manner, protected India’s interest and ensured we didn’t violate international norms,” he said.

 

Sources in the party said the briefing that spokespersons received included explanations on why Balakot was chosen.

 

The RSS, in its statement, however, did mention Tuesday’s action as part of a payback. The organisation’s second-in-command, Suresh “Bhaiyyaji” Joshi, said: “The whole nation was upset and angry in the wake of the terror attack by the ‘Jaish-e-Mohammad’ in Pulwama. Today, the Indian Air Force demolished JeM’s Pakistan-based bases by specifically targeting them. This was translating into action the feelings of millions of Indians.”

 

 

source: The Hindu

About Nistula Hebbar

Nistula Hebbar is the Political Editor of The Hindu in New Delhi and has worked in major newspapers in India including The Times of India, The Economic Times, Business Standard and The Indian Express. She has a Masters in Sociology from the Delhi School of Economics. She covers mostly domestic politics and is also a published author of the Nielsen rated bestseller Kiss and Tell (Penguin, 2012), as well as having contributed to edited books such as The Lives of Muslims in India (Routledge, 2010), and Cabals and Kings (BS books, 2008).

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