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OROP suicide: now, Athawale says Grewal’s son is RPI leader, offers job to kin

The politics over Bhiwani ex-soldier Ram Kishan Grewal’s, who committed suicide allegedly over the ‘one rank, one pension’ (OROP) issue, continues.

india Updated: Nov 06, 2016 16:37 IST
HT Correspondent
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Union minister of social justice and empowerment Ramdas Athawale(HT File Photo)

The politics over Bhiwani ex-soldier Ram Kishan Grewal’s, who committed suicide allegedly over the ‘one rank, one pension’ (OROP) issue, continues.

Even as the controversy over Union minister of state for external affairs VK Singh’s claim that Grewal contested panchayat elections with Congress backing has not died down, one of his colleagues has come up with another such remark about his (Grewal’s) son’s political affliation.

Union minister of social justice and empowerment Ramdas Athawale, who represents Republican Party of India (RPI), an ally of the NDA, reached Grewal’s residence in Bhiwani’s Bamla village on Saturday to pay his condolences to the family.

Responding to a media’s query about ex-army chief VK Singh’s comment, Athawale said Grewal’s son Jaswant was a block-level leader of his party RPI.

Athawale said, “Jaswant is RPI’s block president. We are very saddened over Grewal’s suicide, but the Modi government is extremely serious about fully implementing OROP.”

The minister also offered a government job to one of the kin of Grewal. “Besides the state government, our department, too, will give a job to one of the sons of the ex-soldier,” he said.

The Delhi government, too, had announced a government job for a family member of Grewal, as per their policy of compensation to ‘martyrs’.

Meanwhile, the Dalit leader urged people to promote inter-caste marriages and said he was contemplating on a scheme to give government jobs to those opting for such marriages. “But to ensure these marriages are not mere tricks to get a government jobs, we will snatch jobs from the couples who would go for divorce,” he said.