New Delhi: VK Singh, Former Army chief and Union Minister of State for External Affairs under the Modi government has said that the armed forces do not belong to any political party and that anyone who calls the Indian Army as ‘Modi’s army’ is a traitor. The comment was made in reference to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’ comment.
“If someone says that the Indian Army is Modi’s army, then he is not only wrong but also a traitor to the country. India’s Army belongs to the country, it does not belong to a political party,” Singh was quoted as saying by a news channel.
Singh said that “If you talk about India’s military, talk about India’s military. Sometimes when we speak of political workers, we say Modi’s Army or BJP’s Army. There is a difference.”
The Election Commission on Monday sought a “factual report” from the Ghaziabad District Magistrate of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath calling the Army “Modiji ki sena” (Narendra Modi’s army).
The Chief Minister had, during a rally in Ghaziabad on Sunday, described the Indian Army as ‘Modiji ki sena”, sparking criticism from the opposition parties who on Monday slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) strongman for politicising the armed forces and demanded an apology.
“Congress people used to serve terrorists biryani and ‘Modi-ji’s sena’ gives them only ‘golis’ and ‘golas’ (bullets and bombs). That’s the difference,” Adityanath had said at the rally.
The EC had earlier asked political parties to refrain from indulging in any political propaganda involving the mention of defence forces.