The Congress on Thursday said allegations levelled by Chief of Army Staff General Dalbir Singh against Minister of State for External Affairs General V K Singh were “serious” and demanded that the Prime Minister constitute a time-bound inquiry into the matter.
A day after the Army chief submitted an affidavit in his personal capacity to the Supreme Court, in which he said Singh tried to stall his promotion “with mysterious design, malafide intent and to arbitrarily punish” him for “extraneous reasons”, the Congress said it is unprecedented for a serving Army chief to level such charges against a Union minister who was his predecessor.”
“If even an iota of these allegations are true, General V K Singh cannot continue in his current office even for a second,” Congress communication department head Randeep Surjewala said. “These assertions, coming as they do from the head of the Indian Army, need to be taken seriously and the Prime Minister must immediately constitute a time-bound inquiry and take action against General Singh thereupon if they are true,” he added.
The AAP called for the ouster of V K Singh. In a statement, AAP spokesperson Dilip Pandey asked the Centre to “dismiss” V K Singh from his ministerial berth and conduct a thorough investigation into the “allegations”.
“This is the first time a serving Army chief has raised allegations against his predecessor and a sitting Union minister. The government should take this seriously and stand with its soldiers, by taking action against its own minister,” said Pandey.
“Such a person had become a political liability for the BJP, but now he has become a national liability. He should be immediately sacked,” AAP leader Raghav Chadha said.
Meanwhile, V K Singh, who is away in Saudi Arabia to help laid-off Indian workers, tweeted: “While some people comment on subjudice matters, I will continue 2do what I am most passionate about, serve my country.”