CPM leader Brinda Karat defends Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit over ‘Sadak ka gunda’ remark

Sandeep Dikshit had triggered a row by describing Army chief Bipin Rawat as a "sadak ka gunda" (street thug). Taking strong objections over his remarks, the BJP demanded an apology from its chief Sonia Gandhi.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: June 12, 2017 5:10 pm
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Senior CPM leader Brinda Karat on Monday threw her weight behind Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit, who triggered a row by describing Army chief Bipin Rawat as a “sadak ka gunda” (street thug). “Army Chief’s statements result in controversy, as (his) statements itself are objectionable,” Karat was quoted as saying by ANI. The communist leader also said the Army chief was undermining the status of his post.

Earlier in the day, the BJP took strong objections over the Congress leader’s remarks and demanded an apology from its chief Sonia Gandhi. Addressing a press conference, Sitharaman said the Congress had shown a “consistent pattern” in undermining democratic institutions and it was shocking that its leader had now targeted the Army. She also called upon the Congress to disown the leader for trying to shame and demoralise the Army.

Facing criticism, Dikshit had tendered an apology, saying that he had reservations about his comments regarding the Army Chief but should have chosen appropriate words.

On Sunday, the former Congress MP had said: “Ours is not a mafia army like the Pakistani army which makes statements like the goons on the street. It looks bad when our Army chief gives a statement like a ‘sadak ka goonda’ (goon on the street).”

Sandeep, the son of ex-Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit, said the Indian Army had depth and was gentlemanly and as it was a great institution, it brought along a particular culture with it. “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 had said.

Earlier, Army Chief Rawat had drawn criticism from various quarters, mainly from the Left parties and TMC, after defending Army Major Leetul Gogoi’s act of tying a Kashmiri man to the bonnet of his jeep and using him as a “human shield” against stone-pelters in the Valley.

With inputs from ANI, PTI

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    Onkar Singh
    Jun 17, 2017 at 1:31 pm
    A former Army Chief by using the word "press utes" not only diminished his own re tion but also of the force he once represented.Top Army Officers are polished in their manners as well as in their speech. Sorry to say the present Army Chief is in no way less than the other one refered to above.Why is he opening his mouth for things the Politicians should be answering ? Unless he is looking for a politician's job after retirement!!! The out of the queue promotion he received is his undoing.He really didn't deserve it.But he got it because of Regionalism: Doval , Bipin both belong to Uttarakhand!!!! These things have creeped into the forces.The General Bipin Rawat doesn't have the courage to criticise the Govt's move of reducing the pension of incapacitated soldiers!!!! There his mouth is shut.He can't open his mouth for the welfare of the army men.A sad state of affairs!!!!!!!!
    1. P
      Jun 14, 2017 at 5:53 pm
      Rightly described by Sandeep about insane indian army.
      1. V
        Jun 15, 2017 at 1:36 am
        You are not a P kistani. You are somebody fishing in troubled waters to target Sandeep. Sandeep Dixit said that "the Indian Army had depth and was gentlemanly and as it was a great ins ution, it brought along a particular culture with it." The General was not living up to that image by speaking like a ......
      2. C
        Jun 13, 2017 at 3:18 pm
        If "chatur bania" used to designate the social/community/racial status of Mr. M.K. hi, is not objectionable and no apology is outstanding, and the BJP has no issues with supporting it, then use of the term "chatur" or "chalaak" or "dhurt chaiwala" shouldn't be objectionable too using the same metaphor, or deserve an apology I guess!
        1. C
          Jun 13, 2017 at 11:46 am
          Has Mr. Shah offered an apology for his remark? All said and done these very people who talk about culture, can't seem to realize that anything disrespectful against elders is not part of our culture and is deplorable, and having erred, it is his duty to apologize. By the way, people who serve in the armed forces are not above reproach, and they are nowhere behind in the issue of corruption as the rest of the country. The age-old imperialistic traditions of lifestyle are still being led by this public sector, and by the way, this is a public sector like any other, and its singular glorification needs to be toned down a bit. If the position of the Chief of The Army Staff was so respectful and coveted, why has an ex-Chief joined a political party? Does he feel that dying for his country is better facilitated if he takes up politics rather than serving in the Army? Isn't that deplorable. He could have served in an NGO or provided voluntary service to any organization...why politics?
          1. Raghu Rai
            Jun 13, 2017 at 7:18 am
            Those who are pelting stones on the streets are not to be called 'Street Goons', but has any politician suggested what shall they be called? Rebelians? Politician? Politician's Doggies? Pak Parast? .....What...?
            1. A
              Jun 16, 2017 at 12:19 am
              Is pelting stone in Kashmir and Madhya Pradesh different? Both are venting their ire. Some genuinely...some paid to do so. So, what is the itch to call someone Pak Parast and some scott free under your watchful eye? Why don't you realise it is politicians who are responsible and not the public at first place.
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