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BJP leader, EX-IAF chief slams Rahul over Agniveer claims

"It’s an emotional issue…The Army should not be involved (dragged) in such kind of politics," he said.

News Arena Network - New Delhi - UPDATED: July 4, 2024, 08:14 PM - 3 mins read

BJP leader and former Indian Air Force chief RKS Bhadauria seeks Rahul Gandhi's apology over his Agniveer remarks.

BJP leader, EX-IAF chief slams Rahul over Agniveer claims

BJP leader and former Indian Air Force chief RKS Bhadauria seeks Rahul Gandhi's apology over his Agniveer remarks.


BJP leader and former Indian Air Force chief RKS Bhadauria on Thursday slammed Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for raising questions on the Agniveer scheme and demanded his apology for accusing Defence Minister Rajnath Singh of lying about giving compensation to the next of kin of Agniveer Ajay Kumar, who lost his life in the line of duty.

 

"It’s an emotional issue…The Army should not be involved (dragged) in such kind of politics," he said.

 

This came a day after the Indian Army rejected claims in social media posts that compensation hasn't been paid to the next of kin of Agniveer Ajay Kumar, who lost his life in the line of duty, and said his family has already been given Rs 98.39 lakh out of the due amount.

 

The total amount will be Rs 1.65 crore approximately, it said in the "clarification" on Wednesday that came after Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Rahul Gandhi shared on X a video purportedly of Ajay's father, who stated that they had not received any money.

 

Gandhi cited Ajay's case to allege in his post that Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has "lied" in Parliament about the issue of compensation to families of martyred Agniveers and demanded an apology for it.

 

"A lot of discussions were held in Parliament on Agniveer. Now, controversy is being created that the defence minister’s claim that Rs 1 crore has already been given was a lie. They should apologise for it because the fact is that about Rs 98 lakh has already been given to Ajay Singh’s family and Rs 67 lakh more will be given," Bhadauria said without naming Gandhi.

 

Hence, it is "absolutely wrong" to claim that Singh’s statement was a lie, he charged.

 

The former IAF chief asserted that Agniveer is a "well thought out scheme", implemented after "extensive discussions".

 

"Nobody should have any doubt about the (quality of) training provided to those recruited under the scheme. Soldiers raised under the scheme are not less than any regular soldier from any angle. They will work during the battle with the same capacity that the regular soldiers would do. Now, they will be our regular soldiers," he said.

 

Bhadauria appealed to the youth to join the Army under the Agniveer scheme without beingmisledby any claim against it. 

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