Myanmar op statements: Congress asks PM Modi to give 'mentoring and counselling' to ministers

Congress came down hard on Union Ministers for making "boastful and jingoistic" statements on the Army operation in Myanmar and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to give them "mentoring and counselling".

india Updated: Jun 11, 2015 18:15 IST
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The Congress hit out at the government on Thursday for "boastful and jingoistic" remarks on an army operation along the Myanmar border that targeted northeast militants after an atack on Indian soldiers in Manipur.

A day after Myanmar contradicted claims that the operation was carried out in its territory, the Congress requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to give "mentoring and counselling" to some of the Union ministers.

"There should be sobriety and maturity. Jingoism and boastful claims are not going to help the operations of India's special forces," Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma said, after media reports that Indian special troops carried out a 'surgical' raid in Myanmar.

On the day defence minister Manohar Parrikar said those afraid of India's new posture were reacting to the strike, Sharma said, "I would request the Prime Minister to give them (ministers) mentoring and counselling....PM should restrain his ministers so there is no repeat."

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That India's strike -- an operation Yangon insisted as having been confined to the Indian side of the border -- has created an impact was evident from China and Pakistan's hurried response on Wednesday. While China refuted reports of any involvement with northeast militants, Pakistan cautioned against cross-border 'adventurism'.

"If the thinking pattern changes, lot of things change. You have seen for the last 2-3 days. A simple action against insurgents has changed the mindset of the full security scenario in the country," Parrikar said at a seminar in Delhi.

Sharma said Modi should have drawn lesson from the Nepal experience. "During the quake relief operations, there was a publicity and propaganda overkill which caused us embarrassment," he said.

After the operation, environment minister Prakash Javadekar said it was a message to all terrorists.

Terming the operation "unprecedented" and "extremely bold", junior information and broadcasting minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said: "Our Prime Minister ordered hot pursuit in which two camps were completely annihilated. While the army carried out the strike, helicopters were on stand by."

The Congress spokesperson's refrain was that in matters of operations by special forces and those concerning India's neighbours, there should be sobriety and maturity in the statements and actions of Union ministers and others concerned.

"Those who should be taking care of national security are busy having sponsored stories in the newspapers and photographs about what they have been doing in Manipur. What they propose to do in the coming days," he told reporters, in an apparent attack on the NSA.

Sharma's comments came against the backdrop of reports on NSA Ajit Doval's plans to ramp up the operations.


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First Published: Jun 11, 2015 15:20 IST