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  1. Army chief appointment row: Now, senior Congress leader gives thumbs-up to Narendra Modi govt order

Army chief appointment row: Now, senior Congress leader gives thumbs-up to Narendra Modi govt order

Satyavrat Chaturvedi, a senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP from Madhya Pradesh supported the Narendra Modi government decision of appointing Lt General Bipin Rawat as Chief of Army Staff

By: | Published: December 19, 2016 1:06 PM
Satyavrat Chaturvedi said on Monday that "questions raised on appointment of Army chief are not welcome, merging politics and Army a big no." (ANI) Satyavrat Chaturvedi said on Monday that “questions raised on appointment of Army chief are not welcome, merging politics and Army a big no.” (ANI)

Amid the attack and counterattack between Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress over the army chief appointment, here came a tranquilized statement. Satyavrat Chaturvedi, a senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP from Madhya Pradesh supported the Narendra Modi government decision of appointing Lt General Bipin Rawat as Chief of Army Staff and believed that the government had thought decision through.

The announcement of the appointment of Bipin Rawat was strongly opposed by the Congress who asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to spell out the reasons for the appointment that had superseded two senior army officers and wondered if it was “whimsical cherry picking”. However, amid this hubbub, Chaturvedi said on Monday that “questions raised on appointment of Army chief are not welcome, merging politics and Army a big no.” In a conversation with news agency ANI, he further said that “only seniority is not parameter, other qualities also considered. Government must have thought decision through”.

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Lt General Bipin Rawat is currently the Vice Chief of the Army Staff (VCOAS). According to the Ministry of Defence, he was commissioned in the Fifth Battalion of the Eleven Gorkha Rifles in December 1978, from IMA, Dehradun, where he was awarded the ‘Sword of Honour’. Rawat has “vast experience” in counter insurgency operations and high altitude warfare. He had also commanded an Infantry battalion, along the Line of Actual Control in the Eastern Sector; a Rashtriya Rifles Sector and an Infantry Division in the Kashmir Valley. His experience on the China and Pakistan border assumes significance in the backdrop of India’s growing tensions with the two neighboring countries. He has also been Major General General Staff at HQ Eastern Command.

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