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Congress and other opposition parties peddle lies on all-party meeting, get support from Pakistan

After pledging support for the government and within hours reneging over that pledge to put false blames on the government over matters as sensitive as national security exposes a new low in the kind of politics grand old Indian parties have been reduced to.

Yesterday, the 21 parties in the opposition had held a meeting and issued a joint statement over the current security issues regarding Pakistan. Congress president Rahul Gandhi had read the statement after the meeting.

Rahul Gandhi, reading the statement, stated that the current government is trying to politicise the sacrifices made by the armed forces. The statement made a grandstanding that national security must transcend narrow political considerations. It also stated that the leaders of the opposition parties have observed that regrettably, the PM has not convened an all-party meeting as per the established practice in our democracy.

This statement, however, is a bold and blatant lie. The central government has convened two all-party meetings after the 14 February Pulwama attacks so far.

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The first all-party meeting was called by the government on February 16 after the Pulwama attacks. It was chaired by home minister Rajnath Singh where he had briefed all representatives of political parties over the attack that had claimed the lives of 40 CRPF men.

The second all-party meeting was convened by the central government on 26 February where EAM Sushma Swaraj has briefed the political leaders about India’s air strikes on Jaish-e-Mohammad terror camps.

Apart from that, there also have been meetings of the Cabinet Committee on Security where opposition leaders were also present.

The blatant lies of the Congress and the opposition parties were called out by many on social media too.

At a time when the nation is engaged in an intense diplomatic and military strategising to secure India’s best interests against a terrorist supporting Pakistan, the sheer damage that such a statement and posturing can do is evident from the fact that Pakistan’s official radio channel has used the statement to target the government of India.

After pledging support for the government and within hours reneging over that pledge to put false blames on the government over matters as sensitive as national security exposes a new low in the kind of politics grand old Indian parties have been reduced to.

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