Sandeep Dikshit row: Rahul Gandhi on Monday objected to Congress party leader in Delhi Sandeep 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 had earlier distanced itself from its leader’s statements that triggered a huge controversy across the country. On June 11, Dikshit said the Army Chief shouldn’t make statements like a ‘sadak ka gunda’ referring to the general’s recent statements. Within hours, Dikshit’s comment backfired. This forced Dikshit to withdraw his statement and tender an apology on Sunday and he did the same on Monday morning too.
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.”
According to a PTI reported, the former Congress MP took 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).”
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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.”
Dikshit’s remarks sparked a huge controversy with several Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders demanding his expulsion and also sought Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s apology for the same. Even the 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.” Another BJP leader GVLN Rao, soon after Rahul Gandhi’s comment, said that his statement that Army chief shouldn’t be commented upon is inadequate compared to the magnitude of sin his party has committed.