New Delhi: Condemning Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar for rejecting its claim of surgical strikes having been undertaken by the army under UPA, Congress on Wednesday demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi tame his "belligerent" Minister and BJP chief Amit Shah, and apologise to the armed forces.
Congress also asked the Prime Minister to publicly vow never to make political capital out of army's sacrifice and asked Parrikar to immediately apologise for his statement that "insulted" the armed forces.
As the political slugfest over the surgical strikes continued unabated, Congress accused BJP of making political capital out of the issue and indulging in "belligerent chest thumping", bringing disgrace to the culture of governance in the country.
"We urge the ruling dispensation to show maturity and gravitas in handling such crucial issues of 'National Security' and sacrifice of our soldiers.
"Onus lies at the doorstep of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to come forward, tame his belligerent Defence Minister and BJP President, apologise to the armed forces on their behalf and publicly vow to never make political capital out of army's sacrifice," Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.
He said the Congress "vehemently dismisses and strongly condemns" Parrikar's remarks that "insult the service, sacrifice and valour" of the Indian armed forces.
"Blinded by political vote garnering out of the blood and sacrifice of our soldiers, Parrikar is unabashedly lying and misleading the people of India. Defence Minister is free to give credit to anyone but should abstain from undermining the huge sacrifices made by our armed forces in last 68 years.
"Parrikar should immediately apologise for his statement insulting our armed forces, denying their supreme sacrifice during multiple surgical strikes and in defending the nation," he said.
Surjewala said the belligerent chest thumping by BJP on the issue of surgical strike is unending and nasty attempts at political and electoral gains have brought disgrace to the traditions and culture of governance of our country....