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OROP suicide row LIVE: Grewal cremated as Rahul, Kejriwal join mourners; Delhi govt announces Rs 1 crore for veteran's kin

By Biplob Ghosal | Last Updated: Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 15:35
Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: The suicide by Army veteran Ram Kishan Grewal' over One Rank One Pension (OROP) has snowballed into a huge political show with Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other opposition leaders attacking the Narendra Modi-led central government.

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15:35 PM

Commenting on Grewal's suicide row, Haryana Chief MInsiter Manohar Lal Khattar says, 'Shaheed' are those who lay down their lives at the border, and not the persons who commit suicide.

15:15 PM

Congress leader Raj Babbar hits out at VK Singh for calling Grewal a Congress worker, says the BJP leader's mental status needs to be examined.

15:00 PM

Samajwadi party leader Azam Khan accuses Rahul Gandhi of playing politics over Grewal's alleged suicide.

14:51 PM

Union Minister VK Singh says Ram Kishan Grewal was a Congress worker who fought the sarpanch election on Congress tiket.

13:50 PM

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar says only one lakh ex-servicemen were facing problem in getting pension as per One Rank One Pension scheme and it will be resolved within two months.

12:55 PM

Delhi CM Kejriwal announces Rs 1 crore compensation for Grewal's family.

Calling the ex-soldier a martyr, the AAP convenor hit out at Modi government for 'failing' to implement OROP.

Notably, just days ago, PM Modi had said the first installment of nearly Rs 5,500 crore has been paid for implementing the OROP scheme.

"The OROP was not about just Rs 200 crore or Rs 500 crore, but Rs 10,000 crore... After I became the PM, and decided that I had to do (implement) it, the entire government lost sleep over it... It was not possible for the government to pay in one go, so I requested the ex-servicemen to accept it in four instalments.

"The money will reach them in four installments. Nearly, Rs 5,500 crore has been paid as the first installment," PM Modi had said.

 

12:03 PM

Ram Kishan Grewal's funeral begins; Kejriwal and Rahul in attendance.

Also Read: 'Ram Kishan Grewal's pension delayed due to wrong calculation at bank'

11:59 AM

Defending the government, BJP MP Babul Supriyo reiterates party's stand that there should be a probe into Grewal's suicide incident.

Supriyo heaps praise on PM Modi for implementing the long-pending OROP scheme. The BJP MP from Asansol minced no words in slamming Kejriwal and Rahul for playing politics over the suicide of the ex-Army soldier.

11:24 AM

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Siddharth N Singh accused Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal of playing politics over the ex-Armyman's alleged suicide.

He said Rahul and Kejriwal are only interested in photo-ops.

11:03 AM

Trinamool Congress MP Derek O` Brien in Bamla to meet the family.

"I have come here on the directions of our leader Mamta Banerjee to be with the (Grewal) family," Brien said.

First Published: Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 15:56
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