An Indian Air Force (IAF) Mirage-2000 fighter aircraft. (AFP)
An Indian Air Force (IAF) Mirage-2000 fighter aircraft. (AFP)

Rahul, Mamata, Mayawati back air strikes on JeM camps

  • Opposition parties across the spectrum came together on Tuesday to compliment the security forces over the air strikes
  • India’s foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale confirmed the air strikes conducted by the Indian Air Force against terror launch pads in Pakistan

In a rare show of consensus, opposition parties across the spectrum came together on Tuesday to compliment the security forces over the air strikes conducted by the Indian Air Force (IAF) against terror launch pads in Pakistan. This is in line with the Congress and other opposition parties’ continuing support to the security forces and the Union government’s stance post the Pulwama terrorist attack.

Earlier in the day, India’s foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale confirmed the strikes, terming them “pre-emptive" and adding that they were carried out against the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) to curtail any possible strikes by the terror outfit against India in future.

One of the earliest political reactions came from Congress president Rahul Gandhi. “I salute the pilots of the IAF," Gandhi wrote on Twitter. After the Pulwama attack, Gandhi had held a press conference in the party’s official headquarters and said his party, and broadly the opposition, stood with the government and security forces on anti-terrorism steps.


On Tuesday, foreign minister Sushma Swaraj also called for an all-party meeting scheduled to be held at 5 pm. After the Pulwama attacks, too, home minister Rajnath Singh had called an all-party meeting to brief allies and opposition parties over the security situation.

“IAF also means India's Amazing Fighters. Jai Hind," Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief, wrote on Twitter. Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati complimented the air force for its “brave" work but had a word of caution, saying it would have been better if the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) “had given a free hand to the armed forces earlier".


“Today there was a mega attack by the armed forces. There is a certain environment in the country now and people trust Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had given a free hand to the armed forces. The entire country stands behind the armed forces now," Union minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters on Tuesday morning.

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