OROP suicide: Tale of Modi’s two festive speeches, both come to haunt him

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An ex-serviceman allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison over the issue of One Rank One Pension scheme (OROP) in Delhi.

The 70-year-old ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal from Haryanas Bhiwani district ended his life in the lawns behind the Jawahar Bhavan, which houses the Ministry of External Affairs, last evening.

Police said he along with three of his companions had come to the city apparently to submit a memorandum to the Defence Ministry over the issue of OROP.

According to his friends, Grewal, who served in the Army and the Defence Security Corps for 30 years, had been upset over the issue for sometime.

Defence Ministry sources said as per records, no request for appointment with Parrikar was made.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the suicide of an ex-serviceman here, saying both farmers and soldiers were ending their lives in his regime.

Kejriwal, a bitter critic of Modi, also alleged that the Prime Minister was “lying” that the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme was being implemented by the Centre, contending that ex-serviceman, Ram Kishan Grewal, would not have committed suicide if the scheme was being executed by the Centre.

A group of ex-servicemen led by Major General Satbir Singh (Retd) have been protesting against the OROP scheme introduced by the government.

The alleged suicide came just days after a one-man judicial committee on OROP submitted its report to Parrikar. Grewal’s tragic death also came just days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed in two public gatherings of soldiers that he had implemented One Rank One Pension.

Modi, while addressing soldiers on Dussehra in Lucknow, had ridiculed previous governments for playing politics on the issue of OROP. Few days later, while celebrating Diwali with soldiers in Himachal Pradesh, Modi once again mocked his predecessors for ignoring the interests of armed forces veterans for not fulfilling their demands on OROP.

Even in Himachal, Modi flaunted how he had wasted no time in implementing the OROP.

His claims were widely criticised even by armed forces veterans, who have been protesting at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar for several months now.

You can watch Modi’s both speeches below.