- The BJP said the UPA government put national security at stake by not taking decisive action after 26/11.
- Manish Tewari said that then the UPA government softened, which is not a sign of strength, but of weakness.
- Tewari said India should have adopted a kinetic response in the days after 9/11 in India.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has come out with a sharp attack on Congress over a new book by senior party leader Manish Tewari, in which he criticized the former government of Manmohan Singh for softening after the 26/11 terrorist attacks in Mumbai. Addressing the media, BJP spokesman Gaurav Bhatia said the Congress-led UPA government has jeopardized national security by failing to act decisively in the wake of the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attacks.
Tewari in his book “10 Hot Spots”; 20 Years – National Security Situations That Affect India, ”said the statement that the government has softened in the name of restraint, which is not a sign of“ strength ”but“ weakness ”. “For a state that brutally kills hundreds of innocent people without remorse, restraint is not a sign of strength; it is perceived as a symbol of weakness. There comes a time when actions must speak louder than words. 11/26 was one of them. when it just had to be done, ”Tiwari wrote.
“So I think India should have embraced a kinetic response in the days after India’s 9/11,” he added.
Bhatia said that what Manish Tiwari wrote in his book “we have all seen in the media.” “It would be correct to say that the facts that have become known would be appropriate to call it an acknowledgment of the failure of Congress,” he said.
“Like every Indian, when we read this acknowledgment of the failure of Congress, it hurt us,” Bhatia said. “The book confirms that the congressional-led UPA government was insensitive, unhelpful and unconcerned about national security,” Bhatia said, adding that Manish Tewari, who was a minister under the Congressional government, admitted that his government had put national security at stake.
“Congress President Sonia Gandhiji, Rahul Gandhiji, will you break your silence today? Sonya Gandhiji, our question is: why did not the brave army of India receive permission and free will at that time? Our army has requested permission from former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Ji that we teach Pakistan a lesson. But Sonya Gandhi, why wasn’t this permission given to the army? ” he asked.
166 people died as a result of terrorist attacks in Mumbai, committed by 10 Pakistani terrorists in different parts of the city. The attacks began on November 26, 2008 and continued until November 29.
Ajmal Kasab, the only terrorist captured alive, was hanged four years later on November 21, 2012.