Surgical strikes should not be a political issue: Bihar CM

Patna: JD-U President and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday targeted thed BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking credit of the army’s surgical strikes and making it a political issue in the country.

According to Nitish Kumar, the Janata Dal-United fully supports the central government’s action against terrorism and salutes the Indian Army for its success in the September 28-29 strike across the Line of Control in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

He said the entire country is united against terrorism and we all stand by our soldiers. “Terrorism is an international issue and there is no if or but. Everyone in the country supports the army.”

“The surgical strikes should not be made an issue of internal politics. We oppose the idea of exploiting this issue for political gains in the country,” Nitish Kumar said in his address to the JD-U National Council meeting at Rajgir in Nalanda district.

The Chief Minister said Modi is leader of the country, not only of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Modi should take action against his party leaders who have played politics over the surgical strike.

“The fight against terrorism is the national resolve. The entire nation stands with you as you are the Prime Minister, but what about those BJP leaders who have repeatedly used the strikes to play politics?”

Nitish Kumar told his party leaders and workers that the BJP is mainly about advertisements and its agenda to divide people in the name of religious slogans and construction of Ram temple.

He said the country is passing through an agrarian crisis as once prosperous and powerful agrarian castes, including Jats in Haryana, Pataidars in Gujarat and Marathas in Maharashtra, have been demanding reservation.

He claimed that there are no differences among the ruling grand alliance partners JD-U, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Congress in Bihar, and he will continue to work for the development of the state.

Nitish Kumar made it clear that he will not compromise on the policy of total prohibition in the state.