Congress slams PM Modi for using Army as tool for politicking

Congress on Wednesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of "using army as a tool for politicking" as it condemned the remarks by him pertaining to the killing of two youths in Jammu and Kashmir in an action by security forces.

PTI| Updated: Dec 11, 2014, 00:53 AM IST

New Delhi: Congress on Wednesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of "using army as a tool for politicking" as it condemned the remarks by him pertaining to the killing of two youths in Jammu and Kashmir in an action by security forces.

"It is deeply regrettable that none other than the head of the government has used the army as canon fodder during a political campaign in a sensitive state like J&K.

"Even remotely bringing the army into political discourse is not only condemnable but dangerous," Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi told reporters at an AICC briefing here.

Congress had yesterday complained to Election Commission against the Prime Minister, accusing him of dragging the army into political controversy in violation of the Model Code of Conduct during campaigning for polls in J&K.

"Using army as a tool for politicking is deplorable. Even the political point which the Modi government is making is incorrect, false and baseless," Singhvi said, adding that between 2004 and 2014, the army has held numerous inquiries and even conducted court martial when required.

At a rally in Srinagar on Monday, Modi had said that for the first time in 30 years, a government had acted against armymen responsible for the killing of two innocent teenagers in an incident which took place recently in Budgam.

"For the first time in 30 years, it is the Modi government's wonder that the army admitted at a press conference that the killing of two youths (at Chattergam in Budgam district) was a mistake," Modi had said.

Rejecting the above claim, Singhvi said, "Unfortunately, the BJP and the Prime Minister believe that the world began, became virtuous and commendable, after their government came to power. That is a mindset which requires a complete reset."

Holding that the biggest guarantee for democracy has been an "anonymous" army that does not take part in the political discourse nor is dragged into it by the political system, Singhvi charged that the Prime Minister's remarks were "crass politics".