‘Have you confused national interest with your party’s interest?’

Even as Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar explicitly mentioned that the Indian Army deserves the credit and added that he would like the credit to be shared with the entire nation and even ‘doubting Thomases,’ the Opposition continues to question the Centre.

Mahesh Jethmalani, Senior Advocate, speaking on The Newshour on ‘political parties playing politics over army’s surgical strikes in PoK’, said both the Prime Minister and the Defence Minister issued mature statements over Indian Army’s successful surgical strikes, and that there should no reason for the parties to fight and make the matter political. He further asked the parties politicising the issue whether they are getting confused between national interest and party interest.

Mahesh Jethmalani said, “I don’t see any reason for the Opposition to take objection to anything. For most of the Opposition this is an existential problem. The PM has not timed it to election. The Opposition taunted the PM that India has not taken any action after two repeated attacks in Pathankot and Uri. Surgical strikes were expected and what the nation wanted. They thought the PM would not do it. When he did it, they were stunned. They (Oppn) want to take the credit away from him (PM) which he is not claiming. Neither the PM nor Parrikar claimed the credit. On the contrary. There are parties that promote national interest and parties that promote political interest. Have you (Oppn) confused national interest with your party’s interest and the interest of a dynasty?”

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