As Sushma Swaraj calls for ‘10 heads’ from Pakistan, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh reaches out to BJP
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Hours after the BJP urged the government to take some "tough measures" in view of the recent tension on the LoC, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday reached out to Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and her counterpart in the Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley.
Singh is learnt to have assured them that the BJP would be kept in the loop on the situation. National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon is likely to brief Swaraj and Jaitley on Tuesday.
Earlier in the day, Swaraj, who visited Lance Naik Hemraj Singh's family in Mathura, was quoted by PTI as saying that "if his (Hemraj's) head could not be brought back, we should get at least 10 heads from their side". Swaraj was accompanied by BJP president Nitin Gadkari and Rajnath Singh. "The question is will we sit without any reaction and engage in a dialogue? This should not happen. At least the government should react in some way. That is why we have said the government should take some tough measures," she told PTI.
Gadkari, on the other hand, sought an apology from Pakistan. "I expect the government to take this up in the United Nations," he said.
Rajnath Singh was quoted as saying that "all cricket and Bollywood diplomacy should stop".
In the past, the BJP has always opposed any third-party involvement in matters related to the dispute with Pakistan.