BJP slams UPA over Army chief age dispute

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 15:06

New Delhi: BJP Tuesday attacked the government
for its "failure" in handling the age matter of Army Chief Gen V K Singh, who has dragged the government to the Supreme Court on the issue.

"The Government of India has displayed a serious failure
of statecraft in the handling of the age related matter of the
Army Chief," said BJP`s chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar
Prasad.

He said, "The Army is a very important institution of
India about which the entire country is proud. This sensitive
matter ought to have been handled properly by the government
internally, to the satisfaction of all concerned, instead of
allowing it to come in public domain and resultant court
proceedings."

His colleague Rajiv Pratap Rudy said, "It is a complete
lack of statecraft of the government. Shockingly, the issue,
which should have been resolved amicably, is calling for a
judicial intervention. This is unfortunate and shows a
complete erosion of the credibility of the government."

Another party leader Balbir Punj attacked the government
for its alleged "inefficient" handling of the issue.

"I wish they had paid more attention trying to talk to the
General at an appropriate time and there would have been no
problem because the General is known as a very reasonable
person.

"But unfortunately the UPA II has been too busy
politically and they did not pay adequate attention and
handled the issue totally inefficiently," he charged.

Gen Singh moved the Supreme Court yesterday challenging
the government`s rejection of his claim on his date of birth.

The Defence Ministry had recently rejected his contention
that he was born in 1951 and not in 1950. In its recent order,
the Defence Ministry fixed his date of birth as May 10, 1950,
and not May 10, 1951, which the General has claimed his real
date of birth as per his matriculation certificate.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 15:06

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