Cong slams PM for using Army as ‘tool for politicking’

The Congress had on Tuesday approached the EC demanding action against him.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: December 11, 2014 2:43 am

A day after it approached the Election Commission seeking action against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for dragging the Army into the election campaign in J&K, the Congress Wednesday stepped up its attack on him. It accused the Prime Minister of using the Army as a “tool for politicking” and called it “deplorable”.

“It is deeply regrettable that no less than the head of government has used the Army as cannon fodder during a political, electoral campaign and that too in a sensitive region like Jammu and Kashmir,” Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said. The Prime Minister, at an election rally in Srinagar earlier this week, had described the recent Army action against two of its personnel over the killing of two boys in Chattergam as a “feat” of his government.

Claiming that the Prime Minister has used this incident as an “electoral tool for political purposes”, the Congress had Tuesday approached the EC demanding action against him. Its argument was that bringing the Army into a political controversy or an election campaign was a violation of the model code of conduct.

“An anonymous Army is the biggest guarantee of democracy… politicisation of the Army, even remotely bringing the Army into the political discourse, is not only condemnable but dangerous,” Singhvi said.

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