Rahul ticks off Dikshit for 'goonda' remark

Rahul ticks off Dikshit for 'goonda' remark

Rahul ticks off Dikshit for 'goonda' remark

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.

Sitharaman also referred to Rahul Gandhi's "khoon ki dalali" barb at Prime Minister Narendra Modi past year. Following him was Sanjay Nirupam, who demanded proof post the surgical strike. In the latest to join this bandwagon is Sandeep Dikshit, with his hurtful and appalling statement. He had, however, offered an apology but the BJP refused to buy it, demanding strict action against the former MP. That comment was made in a specific context and the matter should end there.

Dikshi had said, "It is expected that Pakistan will make such statements". His statement came in response to General Rawat's remark that the army was "fully ready for a two and a half front war". "Politicians should not comment on the Army chief. It looks bad when Army chief gives a statement like a "sadak ka goonda".

On Sunday evening Dikshit amended: "I was believing that the Indian army chief was making statements in the past few days that I believe does not behave the gentlemanly character of the Indian army". "The army chief is the leader of the Indian Army, he is serving the country, and no political leader needs to comment about him", the Congress vice president said to reporters in Bengaluru. If I had to say something of this kind, there was a different language and manner in which I should have said it. "So I apologise for it and withdraw my statement", he said.

Sandeep Dikshit triggered widespread outrage for his remarks, for which he later apologised. "The Congress should clarify its stand on remarks against the Indian Army".

"I wish these people, instead of throwing stones at us, were firing weapons at us. Then, I could do what I (wanted to do)", he had said.

"Someone from the press told me today that a Congress leader has made comments about the Army chief".

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