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Kejriwal announces Rs 1 crore compensation, job for dead soldier’s kin

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Thursday Rs 1 crore and a job for the family of a retired soldier who killed himself a day before over alleged glitches in a uniform pension scheme, sparking an ugly political row.

india Updated: Nov 03, 2016 16:11 IST
Hardik Anand
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal was among a bevy of politicians who rushed to Grewal’s native village of Bamla in Haryana for the former soldier’s funeral on Thursday.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal was among a bevy of politicians who rushed to Grewal’s native village of Bamla in Haryana for the former soldier’s funeral on Thursday. (PTI)

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Thursday Rs 1 crore and a job for the family of a retired soldier who killed himself a day before over alleged glitches in a uniform pension scheme, sparking an ugly political row.

He also announced martyr status for 70-year-old Ram Kishan Grewal, who consumed poison in Delhi over alleged problems in implementation of the one rank one pension scheme.

The BJP hit back at the Delhi CM over the martyr status to Grewal. “Shaheed are those who lay down their lives at the border, not who commit suicide: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar told news agency ANI.

The Delhi chief minister went to Bhiwani to attend the funeral of the Grewal also vowed to fight for OROP. “Won’t let his?(Grewal’s) death go in vain. Will snatch OROP from the central government,” Kejriwal said. “Our soldiers deserve what is their due.”

When asked about the death of Grewal taking a political colour, Kejriwal said, “Yes, I do politics..but my politics is to fight for the rights of the defence personnel..while Modi ji’s is to snatch their entitlements.”

The Delhi CM was among a bevy of politicians who rushed to Grewal’s native village of Bamla in Haryana for the former soldier’s funeral on Thursday.

This came a day after chaotic scenes in the heart of the Capital after the Delhi Police stopped top opposition leaders – including Kejriwal and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi – from visiting Grewal’s family in hospital.

Many leaders targeted the government after Grewal’s friends said the soldier had unsuccessfully tried to meet defence minister Manohar Parrikar to sort out his pension problems.

The BJP has hit back at the Opposition, accusing them of politicizing the death of a military personnel. But Kejriwal appeared defiant. “Yes, we are doing politics. We are doing politics to grant our soldiers their rights while Modiji is doing politics to take those rights away.”

Kejriwal also targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his brawl with the Delhi police on Wednesday. “It was neither Del Police nor MHA but PMO, which was handling the situation yesterday. They mishandled it,” he tweeted.