As the row between the government and Army chief General V K Singh worsened,the Congress today advocated a cautious approach as it felt his dismissal was not an answer.
Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi also steered clear of Union Minister Vayalar Ravi’s hard-hitting attack on the Army chief,when he said the incident reflected the “frustrations” of an individual who had to withdraw his petition on the age row in the Supreme Court.
Downplaying Ravi’s remarks,Alvi said,”Those who are dedicated to the country naturally feel angst when they hear such things.”
Asked specifically whether he endorsed what Ravi said,the Congress spokesperson kept on repeating: “I have said whatever I had to say on the matter”.
“Our view is issues related to armed forces are always very sensitive. To be commenting on it or making it a matter of public discussion has never been beneficial,” party spokesperson Rashid Alvi said.
A party leader ruled out the possibility of Singh’s dismissal “as of now”,despite some opposition parties making this demand.
“His dismissal will create one more problem. It will set a wrong precedent. What impression will go outside if the Army chief is dismissed? He is going to retire in the next two months. The Army chief should carry on unless he creates another problem in the future,” the leader said.
He found fault with the timing of the Army chief’s letter wondering why the former did not choose to send it earlier.
On the controversy surrounding the Army chief’s statement that he was offered bribe,Alvi said it was for Gen V K Singh to pursue the case or make a complaint in writing if he wanted the government to investigate the matter.
The Congress spokesman also refused to accept that the latest row shows a disconnect between the government and the forces saying the matter concerned only one individual.
At the AICC briefing,Alvi evaded a direct reply when asked what could be the next step of the government over the controversy.
“The government will take whatever action is required but it will be better if we do not discuss it. It is related to national security,” he said.
He said India is a rising economic power in the world and while it has many friends,it has also enemies keeping a close watch on the country. He also urged the media to be restrained in reporting such matters.