Don’t want to politicise armed forces: Nirmala

Don’t want to politicise armed forces: Nirmala

Don’t want to politicise armed forces: Nirmala

By / India News / Monday, 15 April 2019 06:26

Bengaluru
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said neither Prime Minister Narendra Modi nor any other NDA leader wanted to politicise armed forces and there was nothing wrong in talking about the political will giving freedom to the forces to take action as they deem fit.

At an interactive session with intellectuals, academics and young thinkers here, she said the Opposition had been constantly coming up with the allegation that armed forces were being politicised.

“Nobody wants to politicise the armed forces, not particularly myself or prime minister or anybody from here . We don’t want to politicise the armed forces, she said.Sitharaman sought to know whether it was wrong to compare how “weak” the Manmohan Singh-led government was in 2008 post-Mumbai attacks and the how “strong” the Modi government was now in 2019 after the Pulwama terror attack by Jaish-e-Mohammed which killed 40 CRPF jawans in February.

“Action was taken after Pulwama because we felt the heat from the people saying: Is this India? Is this the government we voted for? Are you incapable of taking action? She asked the people to differentiate between politicisation and talking about the political will.

The Congress and other Opposition parties have objected to Modi and several other BJP leaders referring to IAF’s air strikes on terror camp in Balakot and mentioning the valour of the armed forces in defending the country.

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