Congress leader Manish Tewari's book has sparked a controversy on Tuesday as the leader criticised the party-led UPA government for its response to the 26/11 Mumbai attack.
Following which the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) hit out at the Congress calling it a "confession of the failures of the UPA government".
Taking it to Twitter, he posted some excerpts from his book ‘10 Flash Points; 20 Years - National Security Situations that Impacted India’, to be released on Dec 2 and said restraint is not a sign of strength but perceived as weakness.
“There comes a time when actions must speak louder than words. 26/11 was one such time when it just should have been done. It, therefore, is my considered opinion that India should have actioned a kinetic response in the days following India’s 9/11,” reads the excerpts.
As the BJP hit out at Congress, Tewari said he was amused at BJP’s reaction on one excerpt from a 304-page book and wondered how it would react to his analysis of national security under BJP rule.
The former Union Minister has also mentioned the Doklam crisis in his book, in which he criticised the Modi government’s handling of the situation.
He wrote, “...in July 2018, the Defence and Finance Ministers of the subsequent Modi-led government shelved all the plans of raising a mountain strike corps against China citing financial constraints. Mounting pressure on the LAC leading to the Doklam crisis in 2017 could have been averted, provided the mountain strike corps would have been raised, trained, resourced and efficaciously deployed.”
However, BJP spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia said that the Congress leader's views prove to be a failure of the UPA dispensation.
As many as 160 people were killed in 26/11 as terrorists went on a rampage. Nine terrorists were killed and the lone surviving attacker - Ajmal Kasab - was arrested and executed on November 11, 2012.