Army chief letter: RJD,SP want V K Singh sacked

Parties suspect Singh leaked letter; Lalu asks him to stay within his limits.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: March 28, 2012 5:31:42 pm

RJD and Samajwadi Party asked the government to sack Army chief General V K Singh for writing to the Prime Minister over the Army’s instead of taking the Defence Minister into confidence.

“He should be sacked immediately. Why was he silent all these days if there was shortage of ammunition,” RJD supremo Lalu Prasad asked while talking to reporters outside Parliament.

Describing the Army chief as a “frustrated” man,he said,”It seems the General wants to fight elections. If there are any issues concerning the forces then he should have taken the Defence Minister into confidence. There is a huge investment on defence forces.” RJD chief further said,”He should remain within his limits.”

Terming the development as very “serious and sensitive”,Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav also demanded the Army chief be sacked.

“People always have faith in our forces. It is a very serious and sensitive issue if the letter states 97 per cent of our ammunition is not good,SP leader said.

He said the responsibility should be fixed for the letter getting leaked and action should be taken against those responsible.

“If the Army chief is responsible… which prima facie evidence suggests… he should be sacked immediately. If this kind of indiscipline grows in the Army,then it will set a dangerous trend for the country.”

However,Yadav said the development is also a sign of weak leadership.

Expressing concern,JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav said,”This has not happened in the last 63 years. We are very concerned over the development. This is a very serious issue and whatever is happening is not good.”

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