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New Delhi: Union minister General V.K. Singh Thursday said the Modi government’s actions were about national security and not winning seats, in a direct rebuke to party colleague B.S. Yeddyurappa.

Singh took to Twitter to counter Yeddyurappa’s statement that the IAF strikes have created a Modi wave and will help the BJP win 22 of 28 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka. Yeddyurappa is a senior party leader and the state’s BJP chief.

“I beg to differ. We stand as one nation, action taken by our government is to safeguard our nation & ensure safety of our citizens, not to win a few extra seats,” he posted.

The minister also cited late prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who famously said India as a nation must endure even as governments come and go.

Yeddyurappa later said he was quoted out of context.

Congress leader Siddaramaiah hit out at the BJP and Yeddyurappa for the comment, criticising them for politicising the rising tensions between India and Pakistan, especially given that Indian Air Force pilot, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, was captured by Pakistan.

The comments come a day after 21 opposition parties issued a joint statement condemning Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the “blatant politicisation” of the ongoing developments with Pakistan.

The opposition has been critical of the manner in which the BJP,  including PM Modi and party president Amit Shah, have attempted to take credit for the air strikes that destroyed Jaish-e-Mohammed training camps in Pakistan.

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  1. PM is busy with electioneering and creating world records on speaking for political purposes. One of the senior most leaders of the South is talking about winning 22 seats. Junior minister, who is used to using unparliamentary language, is saying I don’t agree. PM has not stopped chest thumping after pushing the country into one of the worst hostilities in recent times. We are expected still listen to their dialogues and praise them. What are being reduced to.? PM should be focused on governance and working with the armed forces, political parties and the administration to see how we take our great country forward, here we have him worrying about elections.

    I guess that what self-obsessed leadership is all about – pretend to work for the country and work for getting re-elected – by hook or crook.

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