A major general of the Indian Army has landed in trouble for singing paeans to Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi.
Inaugurating a three-day “know your army” exhibition at the Police Stadium in Ahmedabad on Monday, general officer commanding (GOC) of Golden Katar Division, Major General I.S. Singha said Modi has all the qualities of a successful army commander.
“His programmes are aimed at development of both the state and the nation,” Singha said and went on to add, “Like in the army, he maintains deadline for completion of work and ensures that the target is achieved within the set time.”
Singha did not just stop at that and went on to seek favour from the chief minister, asking him to provide land for setting up housing welfare societies for ex-servicemen in Ahmedabad. “Such schemes are available in all other states,” Singha said.
His comments, though, did not go down well with the army headquarters in New Delhi which has sought a response from the major general.
A senior official in the army’s South Block headquarters said: “He (Singha) might have been showing courtesy to the chief minister at the public gathering. But if he has actually said what has been reported, it will certainly be considered inappropriate.”
Considering that the army remains above politics, Singha’s statement is bound to cause ripples in the political and military circles.
-via India Today