‘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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    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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