Controversy over political statement by General Bipin Rawat


The Indian army chief, General Bipin Rawat on Wednesday said that Maulana Badruddin Ajmal’s All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) had grown faster than the BJP causing huge political controversy in India. He’s now being condemned for compromising the political neutrality of the Indian armed forces with his political statement.

Bipin Rawat
file photo- Bipin Rawat

Speaking at a seminar, General Rawat said, “There is a party called AIUDF, if you look at… they have grown in a faster time-frame than the BJP has grown over the years. When we talk of Jan Sangh with two Members of Parliament and where they have reached, AIUDF is moving at a faster pace in the state of Assam. Finally, what will be the state of Assam, we will have to take a call.”

He went on to add, “I think we have to understand, we got to appreciate to live with all the people we live in the region, irrespective of their caste, creed, religion or sex. I think if we understand that, we can live together happily but the best part is to amalgamate the kind of people that are living there, than identifying the people trying to create trouble for us.”

“Migration from Bangladesh is due to two reasons. One is they are running out of space. Large areas get flooded during the monsoon and they have constricted area to stay. The other issue is planned immigration, which is taking place because of our western neighbour. They will always try and ensure that this area is taken over. It is the proxy dimension of warfare,” he added.

His statement did not go down well with the AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi launching a scathing attack on the army chief asking him to refrain from commenting on the political parties.

Owaisi tweeted, “What, the Army Chief should not interfere in political matters it is not his work to comment on the rise of a political party, democracy and the Constitution allows it and Army will always work under an elected civilian leadership.”

The appointment of Gen Bipin Rawat had caused a huge political controversy with Congress and CPI-M slamming the Centre’s BJP government of having ignored the seniority of two officers namely Lt Gen P Mohamed Hariz and Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi.



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