`Age row: Govt can`t shrug off responsibility`

BJP said the defence forces fall under the jurisdiction of the government and it cannot run away from its responsibility.

New Delhi: In a sharp reaction to Defence
Minister AK Antony`s comments on the Army chief`s age row,
BJP on Tuesday said the defence forces fall under the jurisdiction
of the government and it cannot run away from its
responsibility in the "failure" to sort out the matter.

"The Army works under the defence ministry. Army is an
institution and the way the government has handled this whole
issue is unfortunate. We respect the Army," BJP Chief
spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

He insisted that the whole issue should have been
sorted out in the department itself through discussions and
dialogue and should not have come out in the open.

Antony today said the army was to be blamed for not
solving the age row of General V K Singh for 36 years and
maintained there were no civil-military issues here.

"If the defence minister has said this, he is trying
to run away from his responsibility," Prasad said.

PTI