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Practiced His Sport and Enjoyed Life in Safety: Ex-Servicemen Slam Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore for ‘I Was in The Army, I Know What Happened’ Remark

Many pointed out that Rathore spent most of his service on shooting ranges and participating in tournaments.

Former army officers have questioned Olympic shooter and BJP MP Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore’s contribution to the Indian military, after Rathore claimed that surgical strikes did not happen under the UPA, when he was serving in the armed forces.

Rathore on May 1 was reported as saying, “They (Congress) should keep these surgical strikes (claims) to themselves. I was in the Army, and so I am aware of what exactly happened and what didn’t.”

Rathore, who retired as a Colonel also said, “Today, the entire Army is standing with the BJP and Narendra Modi. They can’t possibly be standing with them just for the sake of it. I know what used to happen there (in the Army).”

Calling the BJP MP an “absolute disgrace” Retired Major Priyadarshi Chowdhury slammed Rathore for “scouting for safe havens.” He said if Rathore spent time among his fellow army men, serving in the military, then he would have known the truth.

Amit Chowdhury who served in the Indian Air Force (IAF) pointed out Rathore must have been representing the country in various tournaments all over the world. He said that the detailed records at the army headquarters could shed a light on how many days Rathore was present in uniform.

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Ex-Indian Air Force officer, Padam Chowdhary, called out the falsehoods being spread. Chowdhary slammed Rathore for leading a cushy life “practising his sport” and not witnessing “a single day of regimental life.”

Lieutenant General HS Parag said that since 2001, Rathore spent more of his time on the shooting range “winning laurels” than serving in the army.

Another former army officer called into question how many days Rathore, being a sportsman, wore the military uniform and served in operational area. He pointed out that such inactive lieutenant colonel won’t be privy to much operational information.

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