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Armed forces are apolitical, govt tells Lok Sabha weeks after Bipin Rawat’s comment

Army chief General Bipin Rawat’s remarks on the AIUDF’s growth in Assam had stoked a political controversy last month.

india Updated: Mar 07, 2018 18:22 IST
PTI, New Delhi
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Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat interacts with the students of Government Law College, Mumbai at South Block in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)

The armed forces are “apolitical”, the government told the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, weeks after Army chief Bipin Rawat’s comment that the AIUDF was growing faster than the BJP in Assam sparked a row.

“Armed forces in India are apolitical,” Subhash Bhamre, minister of state in the Defence Ministry, said in a written response to a question in Parliament.

BJP MPs Manoj Rajoria and Raghav Lakhanpal had asked the government if it was aware of any “attempts at the politicisation of the armed forces”.

Rawat’s remarks last month that the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) had been growing faster than the BJP in Assam because of the support of Muslims, with Pakistan and China pushing Bangladeshi migrants into the northeastern part of the country to destabilise India, had stoked a political controversy.

AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal had then tweeted, “By making such a statement, the Army chief has indulged in politics which is against the constitutional mandate given to him.”

First Published: Mar 07, 2018 18:22 IST