12/10/2016 2:21 PM IST | Updated 12/10/2016 2:39 PM IST

Surgical Strikes Were Carried Out By Armed Forces, Not Political Parties, Says Manohar Parrikar

The Defence Minister added that the major credit for the operation went to PM Modi.

Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.

MUMBAI -- Amid bitter politics of oneupmanship over the surgical strikes, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today said all Indians including those who have raised doubts can share credit for the operation as it was done by the armed forces and not by any political party.

At the same time, he said that a large share of credit does go to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the government for decision-making and planning.

"I don't mind sharing the credit, including on surgical strike, with every countryman because it is done by our armed forces and not by any political party. So all Indians, including, those doubting it also, can share the credit," he said at a function here.

He said sharing of credit will settle the nerves of many.

The Minister said he understands the sentiments of the people and they are satisfied now.

Several political leaders and parties have questioned the surgical strike and have sought proof. The Congress, while officially supporting the government over the strike, has also said that similar operations were undertaken during its tenure also.

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