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Army in damage-control mode as CM meets PM

chandigarh Updated: Apr 17, 2012 12:53 IST
HT Correspondents & PTI
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annandale ground

Upping the ante over the row with army over a piece of land in Himachal Pradesh, chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on Monday complained to PM Manmohan Singh about the "interference" and indiscipline" by the force.

Dhumal also met defence minister AK Antony as part of efforts to take control of Annandale ground even as army chief Gen VK Singh insisted that the 24-acre land in Shimla was the "only place" suitable for strategic purposes.

Gen Singh, however, sought to control damage over Western Command's press statement that national security could not be ignored for "game and gimmicks" as he said it would be rectified. An inquiry was also ordered. CM said he met the PM over "the way the army is interfering" on the Annandale issue.

Asked whether he would be going ahead with his threat of filing a defamation case, he said, "some press statement has been given (by the army). I have said if an unconditional apology is tendered it is fine, otherwise I am filing a defamation suit."