Govt-Army ties at all-time low: BJP

There are reports today in a newspaper of unusual movement of Army units around Delhi in January.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:April 5, 2012 12:21 am

In a measured response,the BJP on Wednesday said it was “assured” by clarifications from the Army and government on The Indian Express report on unscheduled movement of two Army units in January,but underlined that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should proactively restore the equilibrium between the Defence Ministry and the Armed Forces.

“There are reports today in a newspaper of unusual movement of Army units around Delhi in January. Both the government and the Army have categorically denied it. We are assured to learn about this denial,” BJP chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters here.

However,he said the relationship between the government and Army stood at an all-time low in the backdrop of a number of controversies. Calling it a matter of concern,he said the leadership should ensure that the “equilibrium” between the two was restored immediately.

“We want the government to be more proactive. Several questions have arisen about the Army. The Prime Minister has spoken one or two lines today after a long silence. We expect he will speak more on this sensitive issue and play a more proactive role… this must end,” Prasad said.

Lauding the Army for its sacrifice and professionalism,he said the government had failed to check its growing differences with the Army. Stating that the Army kept the country secure,he said the Army should be trusted and respected.

“We must ensure — and this is indeed very important — that there is no room or apprehension for any sponsored story. The relationship between the Army and the political leadership of the country is at an all-time low. This is a matter of very deep concern,” Prasad said.

The BJP said the government has failed on several fronts and the Army appears to be one of the institutions which is bearing the brunt of this. “UPA has messed up a whole lot of things in governance because of incapacity of political leadership,governance deficit,and a whole range of confusion which marks its working style. I regret to say that even the Army has become a victim of that. This is not in the country’s interest,” Prasad said.

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