Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat after he publicly criticised people leading protests over the new citizenship law was slammed by the opposition parties , saying he “breached the limit” of his institutional role.
Leaders of Opposition parties, activists and military veterans accused Gen Rawat of making political remarks, thereby compromising the long-held convention in the Army of not wading into political matters.
“Army Chief’s remark on CAA is highly objectionable, unethical and beyond his remit, he is appeared to be a BJP leader who is going to be promoted or rewarded as cds. Rawat needs to be restrained to maintain the impartiality of our army (sic),” Congress’s leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury tweeted.
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief Asaduddin Owaisi also took exception to Gen Rawat’s remarks, claiming that such comments undermine the government.
Maintaining that Army should not interfere in civilian issues, he said by the yardstick, even participation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the struggle against Emergency as a student would be wrong.