Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit today said it felt bad when Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat spoke like a “sadak ka gunda (goon on the street),” prompting a furious response from Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju.
“What’s wrong with (the) Congress Party? How dare Congress call (the) Indian Army Chief as “Sadak Ka Gunda”, Rijiju tweeted. Dikshit soon apologised for his remarks.
“I genuinely believe what I said was wrong. So I apologise for it and withdraw my statement,” the news agency ANI quoted him as saying.
Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit insults Indian Army chief; calls him a ‘Sadak Ka Goonda’ #CongressVsArmy
Dikshit had told ANI that Pakistan Army personnel were like “mafia people,” so it was understandable if they used such language.
But why, he asked, was Army Chief Gen Rawat talking that way?
It isn’t the first time a comparison targeting Gen Rawat has landed a public figure in the media spotlight.
After academic Partha Chatterjee controversially compared him to General Reginal Dyer, the man responsible for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, Gen Rawat had this to say:
“See, I am an Army officer, just anything cannot affect me. You have to be prepared to face such. People can misinterpret (comments made by him).”
Now check out how Pakistan is using Dikshit’s statement to give push to its propaganda again Indian army
— Radio Pakistan (@RadioPakistan) June 12, 2017