Bengaluru: The Defence Minister of India Nirmala Sitharaman lashed out at the Congress party for lacking in political will to retaliate after the terror attack in Mumbai in 2008.
She said, “Nobody wants to politicise armed forces but is it wrong to highlight after Mumbai terror attacks in 2008, then Central government did not give free hand to armed forces to act against the perpetrators of the heinous act. The political will was lacking.”
She said that because of this political will the country witnessed continuous threat and attacks by non-state actors from Pakistan.
The Defence Minister said that no action was taken during Congress rule. However actions is being taken now. Political will based on sound intelligence information gives the freedom to armed forces to take necessary action as they deem fit.
She added, “That is not politicisation of armed forces. We are stating what happened post-2008 and what happened post-Pulwama. So what is this narrative being put forth by those who are peddling the argument that armed forces are being politicised.”
Nirmala Sitharaman said that high soaring prices of pulses, inflation, and corruption led to the Congress defeat in 2014.