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Manish Tewari on Troop Movement report: I stand by what I said

Tewari has raked up the 2012 troop movement controversy, saying the media report about army units moving towards Delhi without notifying the then UPA government was "unfortunate but true".

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 11, 2016 4:13:49 am
manish tewari, army troop Former Union Minister Manish Tewari. (Express Archive)

Despite being snubbed by his party for claiming The Indian Express report about army units moving towards Raisina Hill to be true, Congress leader Manish Tewari on Sunday said he stand by what he has said.

“Have nothing more to add or subtract to what I said yesterday,” said Tewari on being asked about Congress and BJP’s response to his claims.

The Original storyThe January night Raisina Hill was spooked: Two key Army units moved towards Delhi without notifying Govt

Tewari has raked up the 2012 troop movement controversy, saying the media report about army units moving towards Delhi without notifying the then UPA government was “unfortunate but true”.

Tewari said: “I was a part of the Standing Committee on Defence and I recall that in April of 2012, after the story appeared in The Indian Express, there was a briefing of the committee done with respect to the story. During the briefing, the Defence ministry maintained the stand that the government had officially taken. Privately, the officials involved in the briefing confirmed to me that the story ‘may just be true’.”

While his own party distanced itself from his claims, former Army Chief V K Singh rubbished his remarks.

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