Kejriwal ‘salutes’ Modi for surgical strikes

In a rare gesture, Delhi Chief Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday “saluted” Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the surgical strikes by the Army on terror launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC) and urged the Centre to counter Pakistan’s smear campaign on international stage.

Mr. Kejriwal, who is often at loggerheads with the Centre, said he may have differences with the Prime Minister over several issues, but by undertaking the surgical strikes, Mr. Modi has shown the will to deal with Pakistan.

“Last week our Army showed valour and avenged the deaths of 19 soldiers killed in the Uri attack. I may have differences with the Prime Minister over a 100 issues. But when he has shown the will (to deal with this matter), I salute him,” he said.

This is perhaps the first time that Mr. Kejriwal, who has been critical about the Modi government and its Pakistan policy, has come out praising him. On the day of the strikes, the Delhi Chief Minister had hailed the Army, but there was no word of praise for Mr. Modi.

A day later, he had told the Delhi Assembly that is time to stand with the Centre and the differences between them can be sorted out later.

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