Politics over veteran’s suicide: Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal seek to corner Centre

The BJP has been campaigning indirectly using the surgical strikes to their benefits with surgical strikes and images of soldiers featuring on campaign posters.

Written by Kanishka Singh | New Delhi | Updated: November 3, 2016 6:37 pm
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The suicide of a retired army subedar over the One Rank One Pension has triggered a major political storm in the national capital. Parties like the Congress and AAP have been quick to capture the opportunity to go one up against the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Central government using the suicide ahead of crucial elections in states like Punjab and Uttar Pradesh. As appalling as the developments seem, nothing seems to be deterring these parties from politicising the suicide for gaining political brownie points.

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The core argument, however, remains that the issue has been around for decades. Congress government itself didn’t act on it. The BJP hasn’t had a good record on addressing the issue as well. AAP sees it as an opportunity to gain brownie points over the BJP which gained a lot of political mileage after the surgical strikes on terror launch pads along Line of Control on September 29.

A flurry of politicians reached the deceased subedar Ram Kishan Grewal’s funeral on Thursday. Rahul Gandhi and other Congress leaders thronged the funeral grounds at Bhiwani, Grewal’s native village in Haryana visibly hogging the limelight and in a way taking the focus away from the his suicide on to themselves. AAP leaders are also said to be on the way and another condolence meet has been planned by the Delhi CM at Jantar Mantar in Delhi.

The BJP has been campaigning indirectly using the surgical strikes to their benefits with surgical strikes and images of soldiers featuring on campaign posters and speeches in several locations across the poll bound states. The parties were cornered for over the last month and the BJP seemed to have gained ground by having tapped into the collective patriotic spirit and anger against terrorists and Pakistan in the country. OROP has been the Achilles Heel for the government when discourse transcends to armed forces issues. Congress and AAP have got the cue and thousands of party workers have descended on Bhiwani to now portray that the Grand Old Party and the AAP are the ones who will do justice to Grewal and deter such incidents from happening in the future. Opposition Congress and the AAP are showing no hesitation in exploiting it to the maximum for political gains in the upcoming elections.

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Frantic scenes at Delhi’s Ram Manohar Lohia hospital yesterday gave away the picture clearly. Delhi Chief MInister Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi were detained after they tried to enter the RML where Grewal’s body was kept. Leaders like Ahmad Patel, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Sheila Dikshit were detained and then let off. Such incidents have given the parties what they were after–spotlight on the ‘right side of things’ in tumultuous times over boiling issues like the subedar suicide and OROP.

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    Gahininath Dhanwate
    Nov 3, 2016 at 9:17 am
    This two politicians are such a shame to our country. They do politics on the dead bodies of our soldiers. They never ever go the martyrs houses. Have Kejriwal and Rahul hi went to houses to soldiers on diwali. They may spend the diwali with their own family in hotels, movie and shopping. But when a soldier dies they do politics on dead bodies. I hav never seen such dirty politicians. I recommend to our film industry directors to do a movie on this two dumps "DIRTY INDIAN POLITICIANS". I bet if any Indian will be fan of this two dumbs. “Kejri and RAGA .. JAI HIND
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      Eminent Indian
      Nov 3, 2016 at 8:38 am
      News Update: Ram Kishan's friend alleged he was Murdered not Suicide, murdered by Congress paid people on Jantar mantar
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        Mahesh Sharma
        Nov 3, 2016 at 10:03 am
        Media should refrain from covering any event of these two dirty minds of India. Once stopped their coverage they will die. They don't have any work except criticising Govt. By the way it was Congress who had outrightly rejected the OROP demands of Defence personnel. Credit goes to present Govt. who sincerely accepted and implemented their demands. Have these two dirty minds ever bothered to see the plight of displaced Hindus from stan, Kasmiri Pundits rotting here in Delhi. Kejri won't gove a single paisa for these DPs but will dwindle away crores of hard earned money of tax-payers to play his dirty politics. What a pity of Delhites ! We have to bear him for his term by the time Delhi will be ruined and no more liveable !
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          gk
          Nov 3, 2016 at 9:49 am
          Yes these characters, shame India abroad.I wonder whay media wants to support them by importance to jobless characters
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            gk
            Nov 3, 2016 at 9:45 am
            congress hero Rahul should know,such acts of suicide etc are happening, not because of new govt policies,It due to previous govts of congress raj for decades.There is no quick solution to all the problems left by congress.No body can clear this filth in months or few years.What congress was doing under UPA and what MANMOHAN SINGH WAS DOING?. why congress did not care for army,farmers etc they all are suffering due to congress policies
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              Sinai
              Nov 3, 2016 at 8:57 am
              @Eminent Indian - Exactly..If a suicide happens in the presence of others, then its a plain Murder. Congi or AAptard..may have created for their rotten politics..No wonder Delhi police detained both leaders..They may have sniffed blood..Self Cornered Monkeys..
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                s s nair
                Nov 3, 2016 at 11:53 am
                The media should only publish Modi's hugging of Nawaz Sharif and praise him, congratulate the stani PM, send mangoes and in return they will send dead bodies of our jawans to India.
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                  Indian
                  Nov 3, 2016 at 9:59 am
                  Mr RAHUL had 10 years from 2004 to 2014 to implement PERFECT OROP but did nothing. ........ All Mr RAHUL had to do was to direct Mr Manmoahan Singh and Mr Antony to implement OROP. ........... But he DID NOTHING for SERVING or RETIRED Armed Forces Men and is now shedding CROCODILE TEARS.
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