Act but don’t demoralise Army: BJP

BJP suggested revelations were politically timed to “hound” former Army chief.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: September 21, 2013 1:29 am

Underlining that the government was free to take “necessary and appropriate action” if any wrongdoing was found in the functioning of the controversial military intelligence (MI) unit set up by former Army chief Gen V K Singh,BJP Friday cautioned the government against undermining the Army as an institution.

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“The BJP wishes here to clearly state that if there are allegations on which there is enough prima facie evidence nothing can stop the government from taking necessary and appropriate action,” BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said addressing a press conference with a caveat that raising and disbanding units was a natural feature of army operations.

“It is not the business of the BJP to judge on the disclosures (pointed out by the Board of Officers inquiry) because we are not privy to the contents of the report,which is with the government,” the BJP spokesperson responded to the query why BJP appeared little alarmed over the revelations that the secret unit tried to destabilise a democratically elected government.

Earlier in the day,BJP sought to suggest that the revelations were politically timed to “hound” the former Army chief after he shared the dais with party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi at a rally of ex-servicemen at Rewari (Haryana) last Sunday.

“It is obvious that the hounding of the retired Army chief is being done because he was seen seated beside Narendra Modi at the Rewari rally,” Sitharaman said.

She said,“Why is this coming up now? It doesn’t convince us. Action could have been initiated against what was mala fide,no one would have objected then. But,now an allegation is brought into,that they (the controversial military intelligence unit) tried to topple an elected government is a matter of serious concern. What exactly this government is trying to do for an Army with unblemished record. This allegation makes the whole thing worrisome.”

BJP referred to the alleged attempt to “unravel” the IB through the CBI in Ishrat Jahan case to express apprehensions whether these “allegations” were another attempt to unleash the CBI against the Army.

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