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UPA should have hit back after 26/11, says Tewari; angry Congress plans action

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UPA should have hit back after 26/11, says Tewari; angry Congress plans action
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UPA should have hit back after 26/11, says Tewari; angry Congress plans action
UPA should have hit back after 26/11, says Tewari; angry Congress plans action

NEW DELHI: Senior Congress member Manish Tewari‘s contention in his new book that the Manmohan Singh government should have militarily retaliated against Pakistan after the 26/11 attack on Mumbai has angered the party leadership, even as BJP seized upon it to renew its charge that the Congress-led UPA dispensation was soft on the hostile neighbour.
In his book, “10 Flash Points; 20 Years – National Security Situations that Impacted India”, Tewari, who was a minister in the UPA government, criticised it for not actioning a “kinetic response” to the deadliest terror strike on Indian soil that left 166 people dead.
As Tewari himself tweeted photographs of excerpts from the book, which generated political heat, there was buzz in Congress about disciplinary action against him. The head of the recently constituted AICC disciplinary committee, A K Antony, met Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday afternoon, just as the controversy flared in the media. There was no confirmation of the party’s course of action. Congress leaders, however, claimed the party may wait for the release of the book to check its content and may then want to hear from the author.
BJP was swift in attacking Congress. Party spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia said Tewari’s views confirmed that the “Congress-led UPA government was insensitive, useless and was even not concerned about national security”. “What Manish Tewariji said in his book, which we all have seen in the media…it would not be wrong to say that the facts that have come out. It would be appropriate to call it a confession of the failure of Congress,” he said.
An excerpt tweeted by Tewari read, “For a state that has no compunctions in brutally slaughtering hundreds of innocent people, 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. 26/11 was one such time when it just should have been done. It, therefore, is my considered opinion India should have actioned a kinetic response in the days following India’s 9/11.”
Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury slammed Tewari, saying, “He should be focusing more on China that has captured many of our areas in Ladakh and built villages in Arunachal Pradesh. He is regaining consciousness now. Why has he not talked about it that time.”
BJP IT cell head Amit Malviya said, after Salman Khurshid, another Congress leader “throws UPA under the bus to sell his book”. “Manish Tewari in his new book slams UPA for weakness in the name of restraint post-26/11. Air Chief Marshal Fali Major is already on record saying IAF was ready to strike but UPA froze,” he tweeted.
Responding to BJP’s criticism, Tewari said, “I am rather amused at BJP’s reaction to one excerpt from a 304-page book that tries to dissect responses to national security situations that impacted India. I wonder would they (BJP) react similarly to some hard analysis about their handling of the national security remit also?”
Union minister Pralhad Joshi said Congress should introspect on what Tewari has said.

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