30/09/2016 5:37 PM IST | Updated 30/09/2016 5:52 PM IST

Rahul Gandhi Backs Modi On Strikes, Calls It First Act 'Worthy' Of PM

"He (Modi) has my full support and that of Congress."

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Taking a break from the usual criticism of the PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi today lauded him for the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army, saying it was the "first action" befitting his post in two-and-a-half years.

Days after he slammed Modi's "short-sighted" political alliance with PDP, saying it has "opened space" for terrorism in Kashmir and apportioned blame to NDA government's "politics" for the Uri attack, the Congress Vice President said he and his party stand by the Prime Minister's decision to carry out surgical strikes.

"When Prime Minister acts as the prime minister of the country then I too support him...I want to thank him that in the past two-and-a-half years, this is the first action which can be termed as worthy of prime minister," he said at a road show as part of his Deoria-to-Delhi Kisan yatra here.

The Army yesterday carried out surgical strikes on seven terror launchpads across the LoC and inflicted "significant casualties" on terrorists preparing to infiltrate from PoK.

Rahul said, "He (Modi) has my full support and that of Congress...The entire nation is with him today."

He also paid homage to the jawans, who were prepared to make the supreme sacrifice to safeguard the country. His tribute came against the backdrop of the attack by Pakistan- based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad on the army base in Uri in which 19 soldiers were killed.