21 Opposition parties salute IAF, slam BJP for politicising sacrifices

Leaders of 21 opposition parties, led by Congress president Rahul Gandhi, today met in New Delhi lauded the Indian Air Force’s airstrike on a Jaish-e-Mohammad camp in Pakistan. They expressed concern over the “emerging situation”as a result of the IAF airstrike.

The resolution passed on this occasion has strongly condemned the Pulwama terror attack on February 14 and expressed “deep concern” for the safety of an IAF pilot, who has gone missing and said to be in the custody of Pakistan army.

They have expressed “deep anguish” over the “blatant politicisation of sacrifices” made by the Indian military as it attacked the Bharatiya Janata Party over the developments of the last few days. “National security must transcend narrow political considerations,” they added.

The resolution also criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not calling an all-party meeting on recent developments.The leaders also expressed their unhappiness over the fact that “the Prime Minister has, regrettably, not convened an-all party meeting as per the established practice in our democracy.”

The meeting was attended by senior Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Telugu Desam Party chief Chandrababu Naidu, Sharad Pawar, JMM leader Shibu Soren, BSP leader S C Mishra, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her party leader Derek O’Brian, Sharad Yadav and Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh.

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