New Delhi, Feb 16: Putting up a strong bipartisan front, political parties in the opposition and the government said India was determined to fight militancy.
The all party meeting was held to discuss Pulwama attack, which left 40 CRPF men dead, The all party meeting adopted a resolution stating that it’s with the government.
Underscoring their solidarity with security forces for defending the country’s unity and integrity, the parties, including the BJP and the Congress, passed a resolution condemning the attack and support being given to violence from across the border.
The resolution did not name Pakistan but asserted that India has been facing the menace of the cross-border violence which of late, it added, is being actively encouraged by forces from the neighbouring country. “India has displayed both firmness and resilience in dealing with these challenges. The entire nation speaks in one voice to express its determination to fight these challenges. Today, we stand united in solidarity with our security forces in fighting militancy and in defending the unity and integrity of India,” it said.
The meeting called by Home Minister Rajnath Singh and was attended by Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma and Jyotiraditya Scindia of the Congress, Sudip Bandyopadhyay and Derek O’ Brien of the Trinamool, Sanjay Raut of the Shiv Sena, D Raja of the Left, Farooq Abdullah of the National Conference, Ram Vilas Paswan of the Lok Janshakti Party among others.
The parties were briefed about the attack in Pulwama and the steps being taken by the government so far, a Home Ministry official said. Rajnath Singh also spoke strongly about the violence that broke out in Jammu after the attack, saying that no communal attacks will be tolerated, sources said.
Before the meeting began, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba went to the residence of the Home Minister to have a one-to-one meeting. Rajnath Singh visited Jammu and Kashmir yesterday where he held meetings with security officers and also carried the coffin of a soldier killed in the attack.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has warned Pakistan to expect a strong response to the suicide attack as the government said it had “incontrovertible evidence” of the country’s involvement, a statement rejected by Islamabad.
The car bomb attack, claimed by the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed, on a security convoy on was the worst strike on forces Jammu and Kashmir in decades. (Agencies)