Manmohan-led UPA Government’s Approach Toward Terrorism Was Weak And Loose: Pralhad Joshi

Writing in his upcoming book, the Congress MP says the way India acted after 26/11 displayed a sign of weakness

Mumbai: Commenting on the Congress Mp Manish Tewari’s criticism to Congress-led UPA post 26/11, Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Coal and Mines, Pralhad Joshion Tuesday said that approach towards terrorism “very weak and loose”.  Also Read: Cong-Led Govt Should’ve Acted After 26/11, Restraint Showed Weakness: Tewari

During a brief interaction with ANI on the issue of former minister Manish Tiwari’s book, Joshi said, “Manish Tewari is saying the absolutely right thing. Because, during UPA government, approach against terrorism was very weak and loose. I do not want to politicise the issue of terrorism. But, the UPA government never gave free hand to our forces to counter anti-national elements.”

Stressing on not to politicise the issue, he added, “Be a 26/11 or others, the country knows how the overall situation was handled. Do not want to politicise. The policy of the Modi government is of zero tolerance towards terrorism. So that, what Manish Tiwari said in his book, Congress should introspect on these issues.” Also Read: ‘Be it China, Pakistan, Terrorist Or Anti-National, Centre Gives Befitting Reply’: Shahnawaz Hussain

The latest book ’10 Flash Points; 20 Years – National Security Situations that Impacted India’ by Manish Tewari has stirred a political storm on the then led Manmohan Singh government.

Meanwhile, BJP national spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia has also lashed out at Congress and stated that the excerpts from the publication show that the then UPA government was insensitive useless and was even not concerned about national security.

Writing in his upcoming book, the former union minister says the way India acted after the November 26-29, 2008 Mumbai terror attacks displayed a sign of weakness and not of strength.

Drawing a comparison between India’s reaction after the Mumbai terror attacks and the United States’ reaction post the World Trade Center attacks, Tewari said our actions should have spoken louder than our words.

“There comes a time when actions must speak louder than words. 26/11 was one such time when it just should have been done. It, therefore, is my considered opinion that India should have actioned a kinetic response in the days following India’s 9/11,” wrote Tewari, as per the excerpts of the book released by the Congress leader himself on his Twitter account.

10 terrorists belonging to the Lashkar-e-Taiba terror group had travelled to Mumbai from Pakistan’s Karachi in a boat through the Arabian sea. On the night of November 26, they entered Mumbai and carried out attacks at CSTM Railway Station, Taj Hotel, Leopold Café, Hospital and various other places.

At least 166 people were killed in the deadly attacks, including foreigners, and hundreds of others were injured.

Manish Tewari’s book which will be released on December 1 this year, looks back at the security situations that have impacted India in the past two decades and dissects our responses – both successes and failures – to them.

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