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Army studying statement of Major General on Modi

Observing that the Army was an "apolitical" organisation, Army Chief General VK Singh Friday said the force was "studying" the statement made by a Major General on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

Updated: Mar 18, 2011, 15:25 PM IST

New Delhi: Observing that the Army was an
"apolitical" organisation, Army Chief General VK Singh Friday said the force was "studying" the statement made by a Major General on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

"Army is absolutely apolitical. I don`t know what
statement has been made. We are studying it as to what he has
said. I can only say one thing that there is no politicisation
in the Army," he told reporters here.

Division Commander Major General IS Singha had said
at a recent function in Ahmedabad that "Chief Minister Modi has all the qualities of a successful Army commander. His programmes are aimed at development of both the state and the nation." Modi was present at the function.
On whether the Maj Gen`s statement was appropriate, the Army chief said, "I don`t know in what context and how he
has said anything. Just be rest assured that there is no politicisation in the Army."

Defence Minister A K Antony also described the armed
forces as "apolitical" but said he was yet to see a report
about the officer`s statement.
"I am yet to get a report about what happened there.
So cannot comment on the basis of media report. One good
tradition of the armed forces-compared to many others- is
apolitical," he said.

"That tradition I am sure our armed forces will
continue. They are apolitical and their task is to protect the
national security. They have to be vigilant round-the-clock
and that they are doing," the Defence Minister said.

PTI