‘Don’t act as someone’s agent’: PM slams oppn on border issue

NEW DELHI:

PM Narendra Modi

hit out at the

opposition

for acting as “someone’s agent” and alleging that

NDA govt

has not been able to protect the country’s borders, and for advocating secession.
Modi called the allegation an attempt to demoralise the country and the

armed forces

which was bound to fail. “A few politicians speaking in such cavalier fashion cannot demoralise the country. The country will not tolerate use of such language which sounds as if it is coming from someone’s agent,” he said.
The PM did not identify his target, but it appeared to be raised at

Congress

leader Adhir Ranjan Choudhury who had raised doubts about the 2019 Balakot air strikes, had sought to blame the govt for the Pulwama jihadi attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed, besides alleging that China has usurped a huge chunk of Indian territory in Ladakh without inviting any response from India.

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“From sea to borders, the might of Indian armed forces is exemplified. We should be proud of our armed forces. I have full confidence in our armed forces although efforts are being made to demoralise them. Some politicians use shallow words for our armed forces, if they dream of demoralising them, they are misplaced,” Modi said.
The PM further said Congress leaders were now talking about “breaking the country”, a reference to D K Suresh’s remarks. “Leave aside a bid to unite, now they are talking about dividing the country again,” he said in what appeared to be a swipe at Congress’s ‘Bharat Jodo’ campaign. Modi said, “How many pieces do you want the country to be splintered into… how many times do you want to divide the country?”

Earlier, Choudhury had said, “When the 2019 elections came, a terror attack took place in Pulwama in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.” The Congress leader added that the truth related to the air strike in Balakot was yet to be shared by the govt.
The Congress leader criticised the President’s address for not referring to security concerns along the India-China border as he alleged that the condition in Ladakh was deteriorating every day and nearly 2,000 sq km of land was now under Chinese control.

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Intervening in the debate, defence minister Rajnath Singh dismissed Chowdhury’s allegations and said, “India is no longer a weak country and we have the capability to retaliate appropriately if someone attacks us.” He also urged Chowdhury not to defame India from the floor of the House. “We have also been in opposition but there has been consensus on issues of national security. Our forces are fully prepared to respond with full might. There is no compromise with national security, we have a new India today,” he said.

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