Saying Indian Army is Modiji ki Sena is Deshdroh: BJP Minister & Ex-Army Chief VK Singh in Veiled Attack on Yogi Adityanath
“There are only one or two people in whose minds such ideas occur, because they have nothing else to talk about,” he told BBC Hindi.
In a recent interview, the Minister of State for External Affairs Gen. VK Singh said that referring to the Indian Army “Modiji ki Sena” is deshdroh (treason). Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who was campaigning for Singh in Ghaziabad earlier this week said that, “Modiji ki sena”gives the terrorist bullets and bombs.”
In an interview with BBC Hindi on April 3, Singh said, “In BJP’s poll rallies, everyone sees themselves as belonging to an army. But which forces are we talking about? Are we talking about the Indian Army or the political workers of the BJP? I don’t know the context here. But if someone says that the Indian Army is Modiji’s army, then that is more than just plain wrong – it is deshdroh (treason). India’s armed forces belongs to the India, not to any political party.”
The Union Minister said that the Indian armed forces are neutral, and capable of distancing themselves from politics. “I have no idea who is talking this way. There are only one or two people in whose minds such ideas occur, because they have nothing else to talk about,” he told BBC Hindi.
He added, “We may refer to BJP workers as Modiji’s Sena or BJP’s Sena, but there is a difference between this army of volunteers and the Indian army.”
Adityanath has been served a showcause notice by the Election Commission for violation of the EC’s advisory of keeping armed forces away from political campaign. He has to respond to the Commission by Thursday evening.
The U.P. CM isn’t the only one using the phrase, BJP veteran and Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi also repeated the remark at a rally in Rampur.
“Modi ji ki sena” makes another appearance.
This time by Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.
Do they genuinely not know they’re doing something wrong or are they still doing it inspite of it?pic.twitter.com/HtwQl9jqBf
— Zainab Sikander (@zainabsikander) April 3, 2019