"Sadak ka goonda" remark on Army chief wrong, says Rahul Gandhi

Beth Cruz
June 13, 2017

"But it is a matter of concern generally that the present Army chief's statement result in controversy because the statements itself are quite objectionable", Karat told ANI.

His putdown came hours after the government ripped into Dikshit and demanded that Congress president Sonia Gandhi apologise for his comments.

Gandhi publicly reprimanded Sandeep Dikshit, a former MP, who has left the party redfaced following his comments on Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, who he had compared to a 'sadak ka goonda'.

Dikshit later withdrew his remark and tweeted, "I have reservations on a comment of the Army chief, but I should have chosen appropriate words".

Dikshit is a former lawmaker from East Delhi and the son of former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. Is that a language a senior politician uses against our Army Chief?

Gandhi further said that the Indian Army serves the nation and, therefore, no political statements should be made against them.

Referring to Dikshit, Sitharaman said his comments were "shocking" and that even when Dikshit took back his statements, there was no sense of retribution or apology and it lacked "any correction of attitude". Following strong criticisms, Dikshit had withdrawn his statements and had tendered an apology. There is a clear pattern in the comments emanating from the Congress Party.

He added, "We see a trend of Congress leaders speaking against the Indian Army and the army chief".

She said: "It shocks me and my party". "I wonder if there is a strategy of the Congress to undermine our institutions".

"The Indian National Congress has always stood by the demands of Indian army including the last one on which they were agitating for one rank and one pension".

"It was a statement given to you (ANI) only and it was in the context of the constant statements that the Army Chief has made with regard to the army's preparation and Pakistan".

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