Nirmala Sitharaman Was Not Aware of Balakot Strikes, Suggests Subramanian Swamy
In a tweet, he said only seven people, excluding Sitharaman, were aware of the air strikes.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Friday, March 1 suggested that Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was not aware of the plans to conduct air strike at Balakot in Pakistan.
In a tweet, Swamy said that only seven individuals besides Prime Minister Narendra Modi conceptualised the strikes:
I learn that our smash hit operation against terror camps in Pak and PoK was conceptualised by by just seven persons: PM NSA three service Chief and IB & RAW.
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) March 1, 2019
During the military escalation with Pakistan, the defence minister’s absence from public light was questioned by many including former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah who had asked if we still had a defence minister.
According to a report in Hindustan Times, Sitharaman was informed about the operation after the fighter jets landed at 4.00 am post the strikes.
The defence minister has been virtually absent in the past few days. However, on Thursday, February 28 she met the three service chiefs a day after India lost a MiG-21 Bison and IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was captured by Pakistan.
The defence minister reappeared on the scene following Abhinandan’s release on Friday, when she tweeted “Jai Hind” from her official twitter handle.