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BRICS declaration an example of government’s ‘abject failure’: Congress

8thBricsSummit Updated: Oct 18, 2016 01:48 IST
Shashank Kumar
Manohar Parrikar

Congress leader Manish Tewari said the BRICS declaration was an example of the BJP government’s ‘abject failure’.(ANI File Photo)

The Congress on Monday said the BRICS declaration was a “sterling example” of the BJP-led government’s failure to get a consensus on its efforts to nail Pakistan-based terror groups.

Congress leader Manish Tewari said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government does not speak when it is supposed to, but is quick to raise its hand to claim credit.

“And the Goa declaration of BRICS is perhaps the most sterling example of the government’s absolute and abject failure,” Tewari was quoted as saying by ANI. “Despite all the rhetoric and the laser sharp discords on terror and isolating Pakistan, what you have is one sundry remark.

“One little generic remark in almost a 20-paragraph Goa declaration and what does it say, ‘We strongly condemn the recent several attacks against some BRICS countries including that in India,’” he said.

The Congress leader said despite losing Indian soldiers in the Uri attack, the government was unable to convince the interlocutors that it was a terrorist strike.

“Even the word terror does not find mention in this condemnation. And to the best of my knowledge or our knowledge, there is no other country, no other BRICS country which is subjected to cross-border terrorism,” he said.

He also noted that while everything from the Islamic State to Syria, Afghanistan, and the Israel and Palestinian issues were referenced in the declaration, Pakistan was not named even once.

“This leads to two inescapable conclusions, number one: Manohar Parrikar does not deserve to be the defence minister of India, (as) this man is a national embarrassment; number two: That the operation along the LoC was unfortunately targeted to more domestic consumption rather than changing the behaviour of the deep state in Pakistan,” he added.

Tewari was responding to Parrikar’s speech during an event in Ahmedabad, where the defence minister credited the success of the surgical strikes to the teaching of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

With inputs from ANI