Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit compares Army chief with ‘sadak ka gunda’, apologises

"Our Army is strong and ably guards our country. Whenever Pakistan has done something, our Army has given a reply... It’s another matter that the Prime Minister of the day and some people want to shout about this," Sandeep Dikshit said

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: June 12, 2017 2:54 am
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FORMER LOK Sabha MP and Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit Sunday triggered a controversy by saying that Army chief General Bipin Rawat was making public statements like a “sadak ka gunda”. Following criticism, he later apologised and withdrew his remarks. In the morning, when asked about his comments on the Pakistan Army chief’s recent tour of the LoC area and his statement that Pakistan will give a befitting reply to India’s actions, Dikshit told ANI news agency on television: “Let them do that. Our Army is strong and ably guards our country. Whenever Pakistan has done something, our Army has given a reply… It’s another matter that the Prime Minister of the day and some people want to shout about this.

Our Army is strong and has always given Pakistan a befitting response. Pakistan can do only one thing. They will do something wrong and then make statements.” “Kharab tab lagta hai ke jab hamarey bhi sthal sena adhyaksh, ek sadak ke, matlab gundey ki tarah apne bayaan detey hain. (I feel bad when our Army chief makes speeches like a street thug)…What’s there in their (Pakistan) Army. Some mafia-type people.

But why does our Army chief also speak in this way. See, we have culture, dignity, depth and strength. We are seen as an example in the world. If we also behave in this way, that makes us small.” Dikshit’s comments drew criticism from the government and BJP, who hit out at him and the Congress. “What’s wrong with the Congress party? How dare the Congress call the Indian Army Chief as Sadak ka Gunda,” Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju tweeted.

The Congress distanced itself from Dikshit’s remarks with party spokesperson Meem Afzal saying, “Our party respects the Army and so does the country. If some words have been used for its chief, it is unfortunate.” Hours later, Dikshit tendered an apology. “I have reservations on a comment of the Army chief, but I should have chosen appropriate words. I apologise,” he tweeted.

He later told The Indian Express that he still believed that the Indian Army chief should not be making unnecessary statements. “His statement today about Pakistan civilian government… what the civilian government should or should not do… that is a civilian government’s prerogative. You have not seen any Indian Army chief making these statements. We have had great army chiefs like K M Cariappa and Manekshaw. They never made statements. These kind of things do not behove the General of the Indian Army. However, my choice of words were wrong… and I have no qualms in apologising,” he said. “I stand by the sentiment of what I was saying. But the words were wrong.”

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  1. Clement Buck
    Jun 15, 2017 at 11:48 am
    yes to certain extent sandeep should have refrained from using such words. but what the army has done by using human shield is pathetic and speaks on the volumes of the capabilities of our army. nowhere in the world has the army used its citizens as human shield as is done in india. forget abour what other countries are doing with stone pelters. they have kept the diginity of the army and not maligned it as how is done here in india
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      Hindu
      Jun 14, 2017 at 8:19 pm
      The best way to stop Terrorism by Congress B A S T A R D S, B H A D W A S of Sonia is to/drop 5 or 6 N U C L E A R bombs on stan and Sabart mati Ashram..
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        Hindu
        Jun 14, 2017 at 8:17 pm
        We Hindus MUST thrash this B A S T A R D....
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          dr dev
          Jun 14, 2017 at 10:55 am
          why he should be get away with apology is it enough?? he must be booked and punished lawfully . Congress party should take a suitable decision but remarks must not be ignored when comes the freedom fighters and army personals. seriousness must be shown legally and politically on such issues.
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            Indian
            Jun 13, 2017 at 9:32 am
            Most ic comment of this person. If some one is using such a word for Army chief he is most dangerous person than Gilani or other Kashmiri separatist. He knows if he uses such languages he will treated as hero in that party. Anyway it looks he is not a normal person.
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