‘What new India is this,’ asks Rahul Gandhi after he was barred from meeting family of ex-army jawan

Ram Kishen Grewal, the ex-serviceman who took his own life, was protesting the anomalies in the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 2, 2016 2:51 pm
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Chaos ensued outside the gate of the RML hospital in New Delhi where Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was barred from meeting the family of the ex-serviceman who allegedly committed suicide late Tuesday night.

Ram Kishen Grewal, the ex-serviceman who took his own life, was protesting the anomalies in the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme. He consumed poison in the lawns behind Jawahar Bhawan. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has sought details of the incident from the department of ex-servicemen welfare.

“I want to meet the family. Please allow me to meet them. What is this new India that you are trying to create?” Gandhi is heard asking the cops who manned the gate of the hospital in central Delhi. He is also seen requesting the cops to allow entry to a man who is reportedly a patient. Gandhi later asked prime minister Narendra Modi to implement the OROP scheme in a meaningful way.

Special Commissioner MK Meena was quoted by news agency ANI saying Gandhi was detained for trying to enter hospital despite being advised otherwise.

Police told PTI that Grewal, along with some other ex-servicemen, was in the process of submitting a memorandum to the Defence Ministry over the issue of OROP. According to his friends, Grewal had been upset over the issue for sometime.

Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia was also ‘forcibly removed’ from the hospital premises after he went to meet the grieving family. He later tweeted, “I had gone to the hospital to meet the family of the ex-serviceman, not to launch a dharna. What mistake have I done?”

“Both farmers and soldiers are committing suicide in Modi Raj. That means the Prime Minister is lying that OROP has been implemented. Why would Ram Kishan ji have committed suicide if OROP was being implemented?” CM Arvind Kejriwal wrote on Twitter.

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First Published on: November 2, 2016 2:15 pm
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    Chandu Shah
    Nov 2, 2016 at 9:42 am
    hi and Sisodia are the first to seek publicity. That's what they do ALL the time
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      Chander Pal
      Nov 3, 2016 at 12:55 am
      RaGa making a point in 'sympathy'? One has to see his photo which has gone viral. RaGa at the gate with a smiling expression from ear to ear and he says that he went to console?
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        Chander Pal
        Nov 2, 2016 at 9:47 am
        Such a rude shock for the prince. How about going to the families of 18 Urri martyres. Or 8 civilians who lost their lives or 3000 Sikhs when that big tree had fallen.
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          Moneesh
          Nov 2, 2016 at 7:07 pm
          Papu ,, go to italy with your muslim hindu kumba , and let this country grow in peace without you hi or what ever
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            Rathna LK
            Nov 2, 2016 at 9:36 am
            This is not new India.It's disgusting and very rude to behave in that manner with a senior Member of Parliament and Vice-President of a big party Like INC .Day by day people lt;br/gt;of this country are loosing their culture and trying to lead India in a wrong path which is not what our former leaders wanted.This is surely not an appropriate act.They should taken him into the hospital and brief him in a decent manner.
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              mumbai
              Nov 2, 2016 at 9:45 am
              height of frustration.
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                Anup
                Nov 2, 2016 at 9:05 am
                The people of India should ask him this very same question? Why is he showing his face to people who commit suicide and likewise.. and not meet the families of the brave soldiers who lay down their lives to protect the country.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The public should ban him from attending any such events.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The same should go to all the politicians who try to politicize these issues for their own benefits.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;EC should take a strong note of the same.
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                  Rajesh
                  Nov 2, 2016 at 9:07 am
                  This guy goes only there where vote can be gained without doing anything or camping at Thailand hotel.
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                    bala
                    Nov 2, 2016 at 9:03 am
                    He is opportunist no.1, always on the lookout for somebody's failure to score points rather than own merits!!
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                      bitterhoney
                      Nov 2, 2016 at 9:46 am
                      Abey ullu ke patthe it is Modi who seeks publicity.
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                        bitterhoney
                        Nov 2, 2016 at 9:56 am
                        With this arrogant behavior BJP is digging its own grave, no sane person approves this behavior.
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                          Aditya
                          Nov 2, 2016 at 9:19 am
                          It's congress mukt Bharat .
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                            deadlyrocker
                            Nov 3, 2016 at 8:38 am
                            Please Mr hi - 'tis not a new India. It's a BETTER India. The entire nation watched you on various television channels smiling and staring in the cameras - a photo opp in the name of wanting to meet the victim's family - very, very, poor taste. A lousy trick most politicians resort to. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;A genuine effort is respected but you and your Scindias - what a farce!
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                              Sreenivasan
                              Nov 3, 2016 at 8:39 am
                              Your Gma did such things during Emergency. You taste it now, in our undeclared Emergency. Your opponents are clever people. They need not declare Emergency to do such things. When the British rulers were sucking blood of Bharat Mata, they were isting the foreigners. So, they know how to do things well.
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                                Gaurav J
                                Nov 2, 2016 at 11:56 am
                                Wtf does bjp have to do with this? Ret@rd
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                                  Grandays
                                  Nov 2, 2016 at 9:24 am
                                  The man who died may be Congress chamcha
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                                    Gyanesh
                                    Nov 2, 2016 at 9:55 am
                                    Sonia didn't disclose her disease and went abroad for treatment in some unknown hospital on the plea that her privacy should be maintained no one allowed to know about her health no get well messages were allowed ,if someone commit suicide why Rahul and politicians can not wait for sometime and let his relatives be in peace for some days.But in election days these politicians can not wait and don't want to miss the opportunity to gain some point in forthcoming election
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                                      harun
                                      Nov 2, 2016 at 10:11 am
                                      George you are right when you say Rahul is enacting a drama. But Modi is Directing it
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                                        harun
                                        Nov 2, 2016 at 9:47 am
                                        PM Modi has time and again paid glorious tributes to the Army.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;On Independence day,Deewali and New years day,isnt that Good enough.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The jawans must accept the OROP implemented and be happy.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Majority of Indians have moved on after PM announced the implementation of OROP.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;In a Nation were Rahul as all powerful did not say a word on OROP in 10 years,Modi has never the less implemented a OROP.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;That they must accept whats been offered by a PM with 72%approval rating after 2 years is a reality
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                                          harun
                                          Nov 2, 2016 at 9:11 am
                                          Rahul is enacting a drama.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Much the way the Modi Govt has let the Jawans down in the modified OROP implemented.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Just forget this Guy,he has shamed himself enough and will get Mocked for his no show for 10 years of Loot
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                                            freethinker
                                            Nov 2, 2016 at 3:48 pm
                                            Rahul hi has no connections to the Indian army. Nor has he showed any affinity for people in uniform though they guard him. It is sheer stupidity if he thinks he can get more por by showing sympathies to a dead soldier. But then Mr.Rahul hi has rarely displa intelligence.
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