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Swamy asks President not to give nod to appointment of new Army chief

Swamy on Friday said that the appointment of new Army Chief will 'politicise' the office and 'demoralise' the forces.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Published: April 25, 2014 2:19:43 pm

After his party moved the Election Commission to stop the government from making certain key appointments, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Friday asked the President not to give his nod to the appointment of new Army chief, saying it will “politicise” the office and “demoralise” the forces.

In a letter to President Pranab Mukherjee, he said, “The timing of this proposed announcement will, inter alia, ensure that the COAS office is politicized and the armed forces demoralised.”

Swamy said, “The present government’s endeavour to announce the next COAS is in direct contravention to the established convention, both in terms of time frame and also with regards to certain ongoing investigations that are currently before the judicial system.”

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