Accusing the Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of politicising the issue of ‘one rank, one pension’ (OROP) after the suicide of a Bhiwani ex-serviceman, Haryana finance minister Capt Abhimanyu on Saturday said leaders of these parties should not try to exploit the tragedy for political gains.
“In army, soldiers are trained to kill, not to die; to win, not to lose and to hold onto hope not disappointment,” said Abhimanyu, while talking to mediapersons during his visit to the family members of martyr Mandeep Singh in Aantehri village of the district.
Reacting to the demand of opposition leaders to give status of martyr to ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal, Capt Abhimanyu made it clear that Grewal, who committed suicide, cannot be declared a martyr.
The minister said, “This is very unfortunate that some leaders are politicising the death of an ex-serviceman for political motives. The ex-serviceman might be under depression due to personal or family reasons, not due to OROP, which has already been implemented by the government.”
The Congress, which had ended OROP system in 1971, was now doing “petty politics” over the issue, he added.
Earlier, during his meeting with the family members of martyr Mandeep Singh, Capt Abhimanyu said the road from village Mathana to Aantehri village in Kurukshetra district would be named after the martyr.
Extending his support to the family, he said all workable proposals made by the village or members of the family would be approved by the state government.