The opposition on Wednesday pledged its support to the NDA government in dealing with the hostage crisis in Iraq but said the Narendra Modi government was slow in its response to evacuate Indians stranded there.
The Congress, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), the Aam Aadmi party (AAP) and the Left parties urged the NDA government to take all possible steps to rescue them and ensure safety of all Indians stuck there.
While Congress spokesperson Raj Babbar was critical of the PM, his party colleague Shashi Tharoor rallied behind the NDA government. “Let’s back our govt to do all it can to protect our ppl,” Tharoor tweeted.
On the other hand, Babbar sought to know from the government why Indians were not evacuated in time.
“Modi was still in election mode and raising slogans like B2B (Bharat to Bhutan relations),” he said.
“Government should come out and clearly explain the strategy it is adopting for safe return of those kidnapped as well nearly 18,000 Indians there.”
Congress’ deputy leader in the Lok Sabha Captain Amarinder Singh sought the government’s urgent intervention to ensure safety of Indians, besides return of all its nationals stranded there.
The AAP said it is worried about the well-being of Indians stranded in the strife-torn country.
The party demanded that the government should leave no stone unturned to ensure safe and early return of Indians stranded in Iraq.
NCP leader Tariq Anwar criticised the government, saying, “Situation in Iraq has been like this from several days and government should have taken precautions. Though a special envoy has been sent, the condition is getting worse every day.”
In Kerala, the CPM-led LDF passed a resolution, asking the Centre and state governments to take urgent steps to evacuate stranded Keralites.
CPM state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan asked the state to prevail upon the Centre to make use of all avenues, including the services of the United Nations and aid agencies, for the safe return of Keralities, including nurses stuck in trouble-torn Tikrit.