Two days, two comments by Union Minister Gen VK Singh have churned the political firmament. And today, comes another that is unlikely to lower the heat generated by the suicide of a former jawan. The fight is with the opposition parties being led by Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal, but the issue raised is a sensitive one – a former soldier’s suicide over the non-implementation of the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme. While the Narendra Modi government is faulting the bank, the lender itself has absolved itself of all blame. The political slugfest has churned the Indian politics for the last three days with the BJP, Congress and the AAP tussling to come out on top.
VK Singh though has not taken a step backwards. On the first day he reacted by questioning the mental stability of the ex-serviceman and then he proceeded to call him a Congress worker. With Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal grabbing the national limelight with the second-by-second coverage of the event on TV and social media, Singh has looked to attack rather than defend. On the third day he has gone ahead and made some more comments in the public and this time he is attacking the rival politicians and diplomatically staying off commenting about the dead man.
Today morning, Singh slammed the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) by saying, “Laashon pe rajneeti kar rahe hain, kya Congress aur AAP ke neta kisi aur sipaahi ke funeral mein kabhi gaye hain?”
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has sought to paint both the rival parties as uncaring for the welfare of the Indian Army and revealed the many acts of omission and commission that show they took no action over the sticky issue. It has also showcased and released data which indicates the current stage of OROP implementation. However, the Congress and AAP have stolen the political thunder over the OROP issue as both these parties leaders went to Bhiwani to attend the funeral as well as attend protest marches in Delhi.
How BJP reacts to this will decide who really runs away with the political credit.