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Many surgical strikes during UPA rule: Manmohan

May 02, 2019 12:25 IST

Indian armed forces received a free hand to respond to external threats during the term of the Congress-led UPA as well and the BJP's attempt to gain electoral mileage from military operations are “shameful and unacceptable,” former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said. In interview to Hindustan Times, Singh said that “Multiple surgical strikes took place during our tenure, too. For us, military operations were meant for strategic deterrence and giving a befitting reply to anti-India forces than to be used for vote garnering exercises.