Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi met ex-servicemen in the national capital on Friday, keeping up his campaign on the cause of ‘one rank, one pension’ (OROP) which is back in limelight after the suicide by a former army man. The Congress vice-president was detained by the Delhi Police on Thursday for the third time in two days after he tried to lead a protest march over the suicide by ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal allegedly due to his grievances in implementation of OROP.
After meeting ex-servicemen, Rahul Gandhi said it’s not a money matter, but about respect and justice. “Can’t understand what’s happening in the country, no respect for farmers and no respect for our ex-servicemen. Ex-servicemen said if government tells them that they can’t do anything, nobody will have an issue,” he said.
Rahul demanded that the government apologise to the family members of the late ex-servicemen. “The family members of the late ex-serviceman were beaten and dragged, this is not right. The government must apologise. Why have ex-servicemen been standing here at Jantar Mantar for the past 509 days? that’s because our government has not implemented OROP.”