Rahul Gandhi slams Sandeep Dikshit's remark on Army chief

Laura Christensen
June 13, 2017

"There is no need for anyone to make comments against the Army chief", he said. "I believe, the Army chief should not make political statements", he said.

"Rahul Gandhi opposing Sandeep Dikshit is not enough; he must be expelled from the party".

The Congress was on the back foot on Monday, with the ruling BJP criticising it for the offensive remarks made by its former MP Sandeep Dikshit against Army chief Bipin Rawat. His remarks had stirred a controversy with him as well as the party receiving backlash.

Reacting to the Dikshit's "Sadak Ka Gooda" comment BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra had also demanded an apology from Sonia Gandhi and Dikshit's expulsion from the Congress. Under severe fire, Dikshit retracted his remarks and apologised through a tweet.

The Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, while speaking in Bengaluru, also distanced from Dikshit's statement, saying that the political leaders should not comment on the Army chief.


"I dub the statement as wrong". "It shocks me and my party".

Sitharaman also referred to Rahul's 'khoon ki dalali' barb at Prime Minister Narendra Nodi a year ago.

He had claimed there had been a consistent effort by the Congress to malign the Indian Army. "They do so in Parliament but to do so to the Army is shocking", she said. Dikshit had to withdraw his comments and tender an apology while the Congress dissociated itself from Dikshit's remark. Is that a language a senior politician uses against our Army Chief? "Calling the respected army chief of the country a 'sadak ka goonda', the Indian people will not accept it. Sonia Gandhi should expel such leaders and apologise", he said. "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. Then, I would have been happy.

"Someone from the press told me today that a Congress leader has made comments about the Army chief".

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