Rahul Gandhi's stance on Sandeep Dikshit 'too little, too late': BJP

Esther Moore
June 13, 2017

"I believe, the Army chief should not make political statements". On June 11, Dikshit said the Army Chief shouldn't make statements like a "sadak ka gunda" referring to the general's recent statements. I want to make this clear today.

However, the BJP insisted that the Congress president Sonia Gandhi should apologise for Dikshit's statement. Under severe fire, Dikshit retracted his remarks and apologised through a tweet.

"Sandeep Dikshit came into the center of attention after he remarked that General Rawat's was behaving like a sadak ka gunda" (street thug). Calling Dikshit, a former Lok Sabha MP, an eminent leader, she said Congress should disown him for trying to demoralise the Army. Gandhi added that there was no need to drag the issue as the leader had withdrawn his statement. People can misinterpret (comments made by him).

She said: "It shocks me and my party".

Sitharaman also referred to Rahul Gandhi's "khoon ki dalali" barb at Prime Minister Narendra Modi a year ago. "The Congress consistently, in a pattern, questions the integrity of the Indian Army... questions the Army, to name them and shame them and demoralises them".

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"We advised Sandeep Dikshit to desist from making any controversial remarks on Army Chief as Indian National Congress doesn't support such remarks", said Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala.

He had claimed there had been a consistent effort by the Congress to malign the Indian Army. "If some words have been used for its chief, it is unfortunate".

"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". It was a comment on the chief and not the army. Then, I would have been happy.

The Army chief's comments had come under criticism from various quarters, including mainstream political parties such as the Left parties and the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC).

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