Army chief Lt General Bipin Rawat has today said that the army seeks peace and tranquillity along the borders but it does not mean it is weak. Addressing the media for the first time, after taking over the reins of the world’s second largest army, he added that for him, every soldier is equal, wherever he is posted.
Yesterday, he took over the charge as the new Army Chief replacing General Dalbir Singh Suhag. He also superseded two senior most Lieutenants generals, Praveen Bakshi and PM Hariz as the 26th Army Chief of India.
Eastern Army Commander Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi has also assured his support to the new army chief. Speaking to press ersons he had also made it clear of not resigning fromthe post and had even called the new Army chief to congratulate him on phone. There were reports that he may seek premature retirement from the army after he met Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar last month and then went on leave after the Christmas.
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Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi was earlier the front runner for the post of the Army Chief. But, keeping aside the seniority trend, the Centre appointed Vice Chief of Army Lt Gen Bipin Rawat as the new chief.
With inputs from PTI