Hitting out at Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on rising militant attack, the Shiv Sena mouthpiece 'Saamna' on Tuesday slammed demonetisation drive while urging the government to release the deaths of soldiers post demonetisation.
"Even after informing that demonetisation drive has reduced the rising militant attack, Akhnoor attack and killing of three soldiers has been contrary of what is being claimed,” Saamna said.
The Sena said that the yesterday's terror attack on General Reserve Engineer Force (GREF) camp in Akhnoor sector of Jammu in which three civilian workers were killed, proves that demonetisation has not deterred the terrorists as they continue with their activities without any hindrance.
"Terrorists once used to attack public places, but are now directly targeting Army bases and killing jawans. Should this be considered a change? Thwarting terror attacks was one of the main reasons cited for demonetisation. But terrorist attacks continue unabated even at places in Manipur," an editorial in Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' said.
"Last year, 60 jawans were martyred while the number stood at 32 and 33 in 2014 and 2015, respectively. How can we believe that these are the signs that Pakistan is being reigned in? Nobody should drag the Army in the muck of politics," it said.
"We are not questioning the Indian Army. Politician should make sure that the image of the Army does not get tainted,” it added.
"Manohar Parrikar credited the RSS teachings for the surgical strike on Pakistan and during campaigning for the polls in UP, the BJP has taken all credit for the strike attributing nothing to the Army," the Sena said.
"Demonetisation has become more of a political issue than one which is supposed to hold national importance. The number of deaths of soldiers post demonetisation should be released and politics over the scrapping decision should be stopped," it further said.
"If they have courage then they should implement uniform civil code. Build ram temple,” editorial said.
The editorial ends by mentioning that politics over demonetisation should stop and government should release the number of deaths of soldiers post their note ban move.