1. Sandeep Dikshit after calling Army chief sadak ka gunda: ‘What I said was wrong’

Sandeep Dikshit after calling Army chief sadak ka gunda: ‘What I said was wrong’

Sandeep Dikshit row: After triggering a controversy with his statement against Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit today said his words were wrong.

By: | New Delhi | Published: June 12, 2017 11:29 AM
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Sandeep Dikshit row: A day after triggering a controversy with his statement against Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit today said his words against the Army chief were wrong. While talking to Republic TV, Dikshit said, “I accept what I said is wrong and when you accept it, you withdraw the statement and apologise, and I have.” Earlier on Sunday, Dikshit had tweeted: “I have reservations about a comment by Army chief but I should have chosen appropriate words. I apologise.”

On Sunday, PTI reported former Congress MP Dikshit as saying: “Ours is not a mafia army like the Pakistani army which makes statements like the goons on the street. It looks bad when our Army chief gives a statement like a ‘sadak ka goonda’ (goon on the street).” Commenting on the great legacy of Indian Army, Dikshit had further said, “I don’t think our Army chief lived up to that…I believe this Army chief does not live up to my image of what the Indian Army should be. I believe, the Army chief should not make political statements.”

Dikshit’s remarks stirred a row, with the BJP demanding his expulsion and an apology from Congress president Sonia Gandhi. On its part, the Congress distanced itself from Dikshit’s remarks. Congress spokesperson Meem Afzal said, “Our party respects the Army and so does the country. If some words have been used for its chief, it is unfortunate.”

Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju tweeted, “What’s wrong with Congress Party? How dare Congress call Indian Army Chief as “Sadak Ka Gunda”!! (sic).”

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said, “This statement is absolutely shocking, it is appalling. Calling the respected Army chief of the country a ‘sadak ka goonda’, the Indian people will not accept it. Sonia Gandhi should expel such leaders and apologise.” Patra also alleged that Congress had a “tradition” of making such remarks as its vice-president Rahul Gandhi had earlier used words such as “khoon ki dalali” and said, “We see a trend of Congress leaders speaking against the Indian Army and the Army chief.”

In an interview to PTI recently, General Rawat, while defending Army Major Leetul Gogoi’s act of using a Kashmiri man as a “human shield” against stone-pelters in the Valley, had said, “I wish these people, instead of throwing stones at us, were firing weapons at us. Then, I would have been happy. Then, I could do what I (wanted to do),” he had said.

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    Lovely
    Jun 12, 2017 at 9:21 pm
    Since comments are about Army its Chief , NaMo can arrest him under National Security Act.
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    sateesh
    Jun 12, 2017 at 4:51 pm
    Dear congress man , You have lost every thing in Indian politics and continue to lose further ,But you are still shameless . If you congress man born to a mother with one father you should unconditionally with draw your ecurity and walk on the indian roads and see your self for one year Just do have some shame and live a pig also lives like you you are really disintegrated this country and donno why you feel that you have a right to live still unpardonable human beings on this earth .
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    SC
    Jun 12, 2017 at 1:38 pm
    For a congressman the statement given by Dik was a secular one. India cannot expect a better statement than the one made by him. Such statements will reduce the number to four in the next parliament election.
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    h k
    Jun 12, 2017 at 12:45 pm
    We do not know why Congress Party who has ruled for long period has groomed such leaders who do not know the importance of Army Chief respect commanded by him from general public. Considering present disturbed border with stan the such uttering on military give wrong signal for Congress Party. In fact Congress Party should initiate severe action against such leaders who damages party's re tion.
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