In an explosive claims, the ex-servicemen protesting for the immediate implementation of One Rank One Pension has said that they were given what many would view as a dressing down by the BJP MP, Bhagat Singh Koshyary, for criticising the NDA government publicly.
In a statement issued by the army veterans after their meeting with the defence minister Manohar Parrikar, they said, ” A team of 4 members of PBOR NEXCC met Shri Manohar Parikar in his office in South Block on 1 Sep to discuss the OROP issue in details. Incidentally Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyary, MP (LS), was also available in the office of the Defence Minister. He told us that on one hand you are abusing the NDA government, and on the other hand you are asking for the better deal on OROP.”
Realising the potentially negative impact of his MP colleague’s gaffe, Parrikar quickly intervened and said, “There is no question of any doubt when the Prime Minister of India has announced on 15 August from Lal Qila in the presence of 125 cr citizens for the OROP.”
Parrikar reportedly told the delegation of veterans that the OROP will be ‘implemented before Bihar election surely.’
Army veterans have been protesting at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar demanding the implementation of OROP for over two months now. Several of their colleagues have been on hunger strike.
Meanwhile, Retd Col Pushpendra Singh on Wednesday returned back from the hospital to join the the OROP protest at Jantar Mantar again. He had to be admitted in hospital after his health deteriorated following days of sitting on hunger strike.
Elsewhere, the crucial meet of BJP and RSS in Delhi too was expected to discuss this issue. But Ram Madhav, a senior BJP leader, told reporters that it was up to the central government to take a decision on OROP and the BJP-RSS meeting was unlikely to discuss it.