Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav today advised Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit families of martyrs.
"As the defence minister, I used to visit families of martyr soldiers. I want our PM to visit their families. I salute families and want to say they might be in grief but they should be proud that their son died while securing our borders," he said while addressing a huge gathering on the occasion of the launch of ‘Samajwadi Vikas Yatra’.
"Ram Manohar Lohia had given message of humanity at international level and SP believes in it," he added.
Yadav also said that he does not advocate Indo-Pak war but a middle path so that soldiers do not have to make the supreme sacrifice to protect the borders.
"We don't want any Indo-Pak war or soldiers sacrificing lives on border, there should be a via media solution," the SP supremo said.
Relations between the two nations have been strained since the summer, when unrest erupted in Kashmir, with Islamabad lobbying globally against India’s atrocities on Kashmiri people.
Tension soared after a group of Pakistani gunmen killed 20 Indian soldiers in September at an Army camp in Kashmir’s Uri. India blamed Pakistan for this attack but Islamabad refuted the charges. Following this, India carried out a surgical strike in PoK destroying several terror launch pads, but Islamabad once again denied the strike took place.
Meanwhile, targeting the centre over the suicide by an ex-serviceman over OROP issue, Akhilesh said the "forces which came to power" (at Centre), have "diverted the path of the country".
"Those sacrificing their lives on borders to save us are also committing suicide. You should think which type of people are ruling us. We have to make SP government in 2017 as only it can bring a change the country," he added.