BJP hits out at Congress for Sandeep Dikshit's remarks on Army chief

Sandeep Dikshit dubs Army chief 'sadak ka goonda', apologizes

It feels when our Army chief speaks, he speaks like a sadak ka gunda.

Condemning Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit's remarks on Indian Army chief Bipin Rawat, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said that it was wrong for politicians to comment on the Army chief. His remarks had stirred a controversy with him as well as the party receiving backlash.

There was an immediate backlash from the BJP, which demanded an apology from both Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.

According to a PTI reported, the former Congress MP took a jibe at Rawat and said, "Ours is not a mafia army like the Pakistani army which makes statements like goons on the street".

Dikshit, a former Congress lawmaker and the son of former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, has apologised after using the words 'sadak ka gunda' (streetside goon) for Army Chief Bipin Rawat.

The Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, while speaking in Bengaluru, also distanced from Dikshit's statement, saying that the political leaders should not comment on the Army chief.

The Congress party has sought to distance itself from Dikshit's comment.

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The Congress functionaries continue with their rants against the institutions, she said.

She also condemned Rahul Gandhi's khoon ki dalali comment. "They do so in Parliament but to do so to the Army is shocking".

Congress spokesperson Meem Afzal said, "Our party respects the Army and so does the country". She went on to add the Congress leadership had allowed many of its leaders to go "haywire", and that there was a "pattern in it". He wrote: "I have reservations about a comment by Army chief but I should have chosen appropriate words".

"It was a statement given to you (ANI) only and it was in the context of the constant statements that the Army Chief has made with regard to the army's preparation and Pakistan".

"I wish these people, instead of throwing stones at us, were firing weapons at us".

"The Congress party consistently questions the integrity of the Indian Army to shame and demoralise the Indian Army", Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said at a press conference here.

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