Senior Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit on Sunday said that Army Chief Bipin Rawat shouldn’t sound ‘like a gooda’ while making a point before the media. Dikshit, who is the son of former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit, later said that he has withdrawn his statement and also tendered his apology. “I genuinely believe what I said was wrong. So I apologise for it and withdraw my statement,” Sandeep Dikshit said. Dikshit’s comment drew strong reactions from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the government. Reacting strongly to the statement, MoS Home Kiren Rijiju, said “What’s wrong with Congress Party? How dare Congress call Indian Army Chief as Sadak Ka Gunda.” Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit had earlier said that it feels bad when our Army Chief gives a statement like a “sadak ka gunda”.
Dikshit’s comments come in backdrop of controversy which broke out after academician Partha Chatterjee had compared General Rawat to General Dyer, the infamous British General who ordered the massacre in the Jallianwala Bagh. Rawat, however, said that he was unperturbed by the comparison. “See, I am an Army officer, just anything cannot affect me. You have to be prepared to face such…. People can misinterpret (comments made by him). There is no need to react. He (Chatterjee) was trying to draw a reaction from somewhere else. It should not bother me,” said Rawat.
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When asked if he was not hurt by the comparison, he said, “Not at all. People are the best judges; majority’s decision will be right.”
In the article titled, “In Kashmir, India Is Witnessing Its Moment”, Chatterjee had written, “There are chilling similarities between the justifications advanced for the actions of the British Indian army in Punjab in 1919 and those being offered today in defence of the acts of the Indian army in Kashmir.”