BJP livid with Manish Tewari's 'jingoism' remark

New Delhi, Jan. 15 (ANI): Taking potshots at Manish Tewari over his comment that jingoism needs to be avoided, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday said the Information and Broadcasting Minister as part of the ruling UPA should be willing to share with the country as to how the government plans to avenge the insult to India.

BJP leader Balbir Punj said 'Manish Tewari as a minister should not be merely commenting on what others have said'.

"As a minister and part of the government, he should be willing to share with the country as to how the Government of India plans to avenge the insult to India and also the repeated assaults and incursions against our border," he added.

Tewari earlier cautioned against 'jingoism' after the BJP mounted pressure on the Centre on the issue of beheading of an Indian soldier by Pakistani Army along the LoC.

The Information and Broadcasting Minister's came a day after senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj said 'India should get at least ten heads from the other side if Pakistan does not return the head of martyred jawan Hemraj.

Sushma Swaraj met the family members of martyr Lance Naik Hemraj Singh in Mathura earlier on Monday.

Swaraj, who was accompanied by BJP President Nitin Gadkari and party leader Rajnath Singh, demanded strict actions from the Indian Government over the ceasefire violations by Pakistan.

"We would demand both things from the government-firstly to seek apology from the family and the country for the apathy and also take revenge from Pakistan. Today, the country is demanding that we don't prove to be a weak government. The country will not accept the fact that our soldier is beheaded after crossing the Line of Control (LoC) and there is no reaction in retaliation from the government's side," she said.

Meanwhile, Punj also lashed out at Pakistan over its denial that the troops from the other side of the border crossed the Line of Control to ambush a patrol party in the Mendhar sector in Poonch district.

"When has Pakistan ever accepted that it has committed any crime? Right from 1947 when they attacked in Kashmir till date, they have been committing crimes and sins and they have been denying it. So, Pakistan's denial absolutely has no meaning," he said.

National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon earlier in the day briefed senior BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley on the ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops along the LoC.

Amid escalating tension with Pakistan on the LoC, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh spoke to the senior opposition leaders earlier on Monday.

Dr. Singh assured both the leaders that the opposition would be kept in loop over the situation.

Tension between the two Asian neighbours has escalated ever since Indian jawan Lance Naik Hemraj Singh was beheaded in an attack by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control on January 8. (ANI)


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