AAP leader Kumar Vishwas has torn into Sandeep Dikshit over his controversial remark in which former Congress MP had compared Army Chief General Bipin Rawat to a goon on the street. Sandeep is a bad product of dynasty system of Congress, Vishwas said and added that he had sympathy for his mother and former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. He also launched a veiled attack on BJP and said that one pseudo-nationalist party has been trying to capitalise on the Army’s valour for its own gain. To attack the government, a few parties are attacking the army. Asking parties not to misuse the faith and respect that people have towards Army, Vishwas said such remarks break the morale of the Army. Vishwas also attacked Brinda Karat for defending Dikshit over the issue. The Left party has been sidelined in the context of the national politics, he said. He also asked Congress to stop commenting on border issues, claiming that ongoing border conflicts have been results of wrongdoings of their party leaders in the past. People have respect for the army chief and we welcome any decision the army takes based on the circumstances, he said. Vishwas also claimed that both government and these political parties were politicising the Army.
Dikshit had taken a jibe at Rawat and said, “Ours is not a mafia army like the Pakistani army which makes statements like goons on the street. It looks bad when our Army chief gives a statement like a ‘sadak ka goonda’ (goon on the street).” Further speaking about the great legacy of Indian Army, Dikshit had 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.”
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Later, Dikshit also took to Twitter and posted an apology. He wrote: “I have reservations about a comment by Army chief but I should have chosen appropriate words. I apologise.”
A political slugfest had erupted over the remark with BJP demanding apology from Congress and party president Sonia Gandhi. Rahul Gandhi had objected to Dikshit’s remark against Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat. Speaking at an event in Bengaluru, Rahul said, “Ye bilkul galat hai, Army Chief ke baare mein rajnetik logon ko comment karne ki zaroorat nahi hai (This is absolutely wrong, there is no need for political leaders to comment about the Army chief). The Congress party also distanced itself from its leader’s statements that triggered a huge controversy across the country.