Jitendra Singh hits out at Opp for politicising Army chief's remark on Kashmir

Hardnews Bureau

New Delhi: BJP today came out in strong defence of Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, who is under criticism from the Opposition, specially the Congress for making a "strong" statement regarding Kashmiri youth over support for terrorists.

The remarks made by General Rawat was a ''concern for the youth of Kashmir and not a warning'' said

Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh who was today fielded by the party to take on the criticism of the Army Chief. ''We earnestly appeal to all political sections and the Congress party not to indulge in any kind of politicking at the cost of the morale of the security forces,'' added Singh.

''The Army is more concerned about the safety of people of the valley and hence General Rawat has made an earnest appeal to the youth that they should not come towards the line of firing but the Congress had interpreted as if the Army is after the youth of the valley. This is very unfortunate and a matter of concern for the entire country that Congress is trying to play petty politics with the Army to gain political mileage in the Assembly polls," Singh added further.

He said the Army Chief never delivered any warning, albeit expressed his concerns that innocent people should not suffer any loss during anti-terror operations in the state.

(UNI)