Some recent govt actions hurt soldiers, Rahul Gandhi writes to PM Narendra Modi

The Congress contends that while the BJP has used the surgical strikes to reap political gains, soldiers have been given a raw deal by the Modi government.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: November 2, 2016 1:18 pm
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DAYS AFTER he accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of hiding behind the soldiers and doing “dalali” (deals) on their sacrifice, Rahul Gandhi on Saturday wrote to him and said that some of the “actions” by his government in recent days have “hurt” the soldiers and caused them “pain.”

These decisions, the Congress vice-president said, affect the morale of the forces. “Just days after our soldiers conducted the surgical strikes, the disability pension system was converted to a new slab system, that in many instances drastically reduces the pension received by these brave men in case of a disability,” Rahul wrote. “The rollout of the 7th pay commission continues to keep our defence forces at a disadvantage and further exacerbates the disparity between them and civil employees.”

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To add to that, Rahul wrote, it emerged from media reports that the government had downgraded the status of military officers vis-a-vis their civilian counterparts, in a letter dated October 18. “And finally, contrary to what was promised, One Rank One Pension (OROP), as implemented by your government, does not fully meet the genuine demands of our ex-servicemen,” the letter stated. This has “forced (retired servicemen) to come out on the streets to make their voice heard on this vital issue”.

The main opposition party has on several occasions attacked the government on these issues ever since the surgical strikes turned into a bitter political slug-fest, in an apparent attempt to counter the BJP’s display of triumphalism. The Congress contends that while the BJP has used the surgical strikes to reap political gains, soldiers have been given a raw deal by the Modi government.

Rahul’s emphasis on OROP comes days after PM Modi hit out at previous Congress-led governments at the Centre, saying they had delayed and misled people on the issue for 40 years.

Rahul, who began the letter by wishing the PM a “very happy Diwali”, wrote that he was “saddened” that the actions taken by the government in the last few weeks have “far from reassuring our soldiers, indeed caused them pain and hurt.”

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    Binu Mathew Varghese
    Nov 1, 2016 at 12:54 am
    What did your govt. do all the years. Dont be a hypocrite
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      arun dass
      Oct 30, 2016 at 2:33 am
      shameless man Pappu...........
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        Champa Bai
        Oct 31, 2016 at 5:30 am
        Ignore this chaman chu%^%$#%
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          jay desouza
          Oct 31, 2016 at 8:07 pm
          There needs to be a KG school or pappu princes who are 50 years old, and will never learn
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            kamath Ramesh
            Oct 31, 2016 at 11:22 am
            Rahul and congress was searching the meaning of OROP in dictionary during last 40 years. Now after Modi implemented the OROP it seems rahul has got the meaning.
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              KP Pillai
              Oct 30, 2016 at 6:46 am
              Bad reply with unreasonable justification.
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                KP Pillai
                Oct 30, 2016 at 6:56 am
                This is not a time to raise this issue. The nation is mourning on the braveheart.
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                  KP Pillai
                  Oct 30, 2016 at 10:47 am
                  Fully agree.
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                    Sankaran Krishnan
                    Oct 30, 2016 at 1:31 pm
                    The stomach is burning for Rahul because PM Modi celebrated Diwali with our Soldiers which now becomes an routine affair and after OROP is also implemented Rahul got jittery which was the reason for his writings and if he is really interested why he and his ncorrupt congress party under UPA had NOT done anything regarding OROP and a meager sum of Rs.500 Crores was allotted by the Jugglery Figure expert Chidambaram as FM with jalra done by A K Anthony as Defence Minister failed to honour instead made it complicated the issue and now the Nonsense Rahul is shedding Crocodile tears as if he is worried about them which is nothing but shame on them and their Non-Governance under corrupt UPA !!!
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                      manian
                      Oct 30, 2016 at 6:07 am
                      Strange this gentleman talks now about soldiers and their problems,because he is not in power.Did he utter a single word when the UPA allotted just Rs.500 crores for orop.Atleast NDA is a little realistic and is spending around 8000crores towards OROP.He is least qualified to talk on this matter and stop shedding croc tears.
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                        Torpedoe
                        Oct 30, 2016 at 4:26 am
                        Why this guys is writing and giving unsolicited advice to PM? Is he a minister to PM? People have not given any mandate to him or his party to interfere in present Govt's way of working. Is it too complicated a thing for him to understand this simple reality?
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                          Selva
                          Oct 30, 2016 at 5:59 am
                          Mr Convert - What "Torpedoe" said is right, Only Indians can write to Indians not Italians and definitely not Vatican Converts......
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                            Selva
                            Oct 30, 2016 at 6:01 am
                            Mr Italian - nobody listens to your Croc tears... your great gpa exposed and gave away to Pak to make this terror country to flourish, your gma gave away surrendered Pak soliders without taking back POK, in 1971........ think its high time you focus in your sinking ship than talking of PM's job - which anyways is ROCKET SCIENCE to you dumb
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                              Selva
                              Oct 30, 2016 at 6:54 am
                              Mr Pillai: at times you have to be unfair with people (who in the name of free talk etc) who were unfair all along 60 years - as these converts were tolerating all the nonsense of UPA in the name of religion!! at times you have to give shock treatment to cure diseases
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                                Selva
                                Oct 30, 2016 at 10:58 am
                                thanks Bro
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                                  RN Awasthi
                                  Oct 30, 2016 at 4:26 pm
                                  How about arresting such irresponsible leaders who are simply trying to magnify silly things to highest level of indiscipline? Wonder why sane leaders in his party are not coming out in protest to this immature dumb head who himself seems to be under clutches of few devils. At least his staff could show him the feedback on his stupid and anti national activities like this one and do a service to the nation and also to the so called g old party.
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                                    Sridhar
                                    Oct 30, 2016 at 2:53 am
                                    Shut up Rahul. You are unfit to talk. Congress did not do anything to soldiers during your regime. 40 years you cannot implement OROP. You could not buy proper helmets. You only look for political advantage to fan. People are intelligent. You will not see Parliament in your life time from the next elections
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                                      Suneel
                                      Nov 6, 2016 at 3:32 pm
                                      Shame on these incompetent and clueless people (not leaders). Anyone in India today that is supporting Mr. Rahul G. is doing it for the following reason: Personal Benefit, Is uneducated and unaware, OR anti-national. The biggest concern to all parties is that if Mr. Honorable Modi ji. succeeds in taking India to its glory days then all these parties will be irrelevant. Today India is the fastest growing BRIC nation and a global economy. Mr. Modi is discussed in main media internationally on a regular basis. before this the last Indian leader that people know was Late Ms. Indira G. We all need to be thankful to receive such an amazing Leader. If you notice there is a huge shortage of good nation leaders around the world. People don't realize that if India grows then the living quality of everyone will get better. May god give everyone "sud-budhi" !!
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                                        Sanjeev Singal
                                        Oct 30, 2016 at 6:39 am
                                        जिस बेशर्मी से मोदी जी वोट के लिए सर्जिकल स्ट्राइक का कटोरा लिए छोटी दिवाली मना रहे हैं उससे हमारे सैनिकों का मनोबल बढ़ा है या गिरा है?
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                                          Thomas George
                                          Oct 30, 2016 at 5:28 am
                                          So, he can't even write a letter now. How does that interfere with the mandate given to him by the people? It seems that you have no sense of the concept of liberty -- anyone can write a letter to anyone else, particularly elected officials.
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                                            Raj V
                                            Oct 30, 2016 at 12:35 am
                                            Soldiers (and their families) need to be given the best deal by the government. I request the state governments also to chip in with whatever small or big thing they can do for slain soldiers' family.
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