Rahul may be invited to witness wargames by army

Army is planning to invite Rahul Gandhi along with several other young MPs to witness its massive war games to be held in Pokharan desert range.

Last Updated: Nov 08, 2011, 19:26 PM IST

New Delhi: Army is planning to invite Rahul
Gandhi along with several other young MPs to witness its
massive war games to be held in Pokharan desert range in
Rajasthan next month.

"We are planning to invite young MPs from both the Houses
of Parliament including Rahul Gandhi to witness the wargames
to be held in December," sources told PTI here.

The MPs who are likely to get the invite for viewing the
exercise codenamed `Operation Sudarshan Shakti` include
Congress` Naveen Jindal, Meenakshi Natarajan, Rashtriya Lok
Dal`s Jayant Chaudhary and Varun Gandhi from BJP, they said.

The sources said the army wants to give exposure to young
leaders about its strengths and capabilities in the battlefield and the conditions in which the troops operate in
field areas.

Army is holding the war games jointly with the IAF
mobilising over 40,000 troops and over 200 tanks involving the
Bhopal-based elite 21 Strike Corps.

The exercise will involve precision munitions and
advanced surveillance systems to achieve a greater degree of
network-centric capability. It is held to validate the
operational preparedness of the Southern Army in a tri-service
environment.

The war games will be based on the Integrated Theatre
Battle concept under Southern Army Commander Lt Gen AK
Singh and South Western Air Command chief Air Marshal Anjan
Kumar Gogoi.

PTI