Army chief comments row: Congress hits back at NDA Government, asks whether Army’s morale wasn’t affected when PM Narendra Modi landed in Lahore

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New Delhi | Updated: February 17, 2017 2:46:14 PM

The Congress today hit back after Union Minister Jitendra Singh's attack on it in the recent controversy over Army chief's statement.

Surjewala questions NDA Government's move to invite the Pakistan's spy agency ISI to probe the Pathankot terror attack. (ANI)Surjewala questions NDA Government’s move to invite the Pakistan’s spy agency ISI to probe the Pathankot terror attack. (ANI)

The Congress today hit back after Union Minister Jitendra Singh’s attack on it in the recent controversy over Army chief’s statement that Kashmiri youth must stay away from stone pelting. Speaking at a press conference the minister had said that Congress was getting frustrated, because of which it is speaking the language of separatists out political compulsions.He also added that the army should not be politicised in any manner as it might affect its morale.

In a series of tweets, senior Congress leader Randeep Surjewala asked whether the morale of jawans was not affected when Prime Minister Narendra Modi suddenly landed in Lahore to have a feast with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, even as soldiers of the country were sacrifing their lives. Questioning the NDA Government’s move to invite the Pakistan’s spy agency ISI to probe the Pathankot terror attack, he asked whether the army’s morale wasn’t affected after nearly 188 jawans lost their lives in last 30 months due to terror attack. He also questioned whether the army’s morale is not affected when PDP-BJP Government gives compensation to family of terrorists.

Earlier in the day, the Centre came in support of army chief general Bipin Rawat and said that he was withing his right to urge the people of the state and the youth to stay away from stone pelting in Kashmir. Speaking to media persons, Union Minister and senior BJP leader Jitendra Singh said it was quite unfortunate that the Opposition parties are even politicising his statement.

Speaking at a press conference, he said that the army chief had only urged the youth of Kashmir to keep away from stone pelting. Pointing out that people of Kashmir want to be part of the mainstream development of the country, the minister also hit out at the regional parties saying that when they are in power they swear by the constitution of the country, but when they are out of it, they question the role of Army.

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Slamming the Congress, the minister said that as the party is falling under its own weight, it is getting frustrated and therefore indulging in kind of jargon that is quite unheard in history of democracy. He also added that the party is speaking language of separatists because of its political situation.

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