Friday, 23 June, 2017

Sonia must apologise for 'sadak ka gunda' statement, says enraged BJP

Sandeep Dikshit dubs Army chief 'sadak ka goonda', apologizes Sandeep Dikshit Calls Army Chief A 'Sadak Ka Goonda' (Roadside Goon), Quickly Takes A U-Turn
Isaac Mcdaniel | 13 June, 2017, 11:40

"Politicians should not comment on the Army chief".

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader also said she wondered if there was a strategy of the Congress to "undermine the Indian Army".

Meanwhile, the Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi has criticised Sandeep Dikshit for his controversial comments.

On Sunday evening Dikshit amended: "I was believing that the Indian army chief was making statements in the past few days that I believe does not behave the gentlemanly character of the Indian army".

Congress vicepresident Rahul Gandhi disapproved of party member Sandeep Dikshit's describing Army chief, Gen Bipin Rawat, as "a sadak ka gunda (street goon)" and said he should not have made the statement here on Monday. "No less than Congress president Sonia Gandhi should come out and apologise", Sitharaman said.

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Union Minister of state Nirmala Sitharaman expressed shock that the Congress leader could call the Army chief a "Sadak ka goonda (street goon)". The comment made to a journalist generated fierce criticism. "They have discussed this issue with him, but the party doesn't support this for sure", he said. They have questioned army's integrity.

"First it was Rahul Gandhi who spoke of "khoon ki dalali".

The Congress was also quick to distance itself from the remarks of Dikshit, who, also withdraw his comments and apologised, "Ours is not a mafia army like the Pakistani army which makes statements like the goons on the street".

Congress spokesperson Meem Afzal said, "Our party respects the Army and so does the country. A responsible party allows its well-known faces to go haywire and doesn't bother about coming out clean on what its approach it about the Indian Army", she said. He wrote: "I have reservations about a comment by Army chief but I should have chosen appropriate words".

"I wish these people, instead of throwing stones at us, were firing weapons at us".

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