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Let Army chief say what he wants to: VK Singh on Gen Bipin Rawat’s migrant remark

Army chief General Bipin Rawat sparked a political row with his remarks that the AIUDF has been growing faster than the BJP in Assam because of the support of Muslims.

india Updated: Feb 23, 2018 22:03 IST
PTI, Mumbai
Indian Army chief,General Bipin Rawat,VK Singh
Union minister and former army chief VK Singh during an event in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)

Union minister VK Singh on Friday sought to defend Army chief General Bipin Rawat’s remark linking AIUDF’s growth to illegal immigration in the northeast.

“See, we have a habit of politicising everything. Let the army chief say what he wants to. If you don’t like it, you don’t like it. That’s it,” Singh, minister of state for external affairs, told reporters on the sidelines of an event in Mumbai.

“Everything is being politicised these days,” Singh, a former Army chief, said.

Referring to reports of increase in Muslim population in several Assam districts, Gen Rawat had said the All India United Democratic Front’s growth has been faster than that of the BJP in the 1980s.

Addressing a seminar in New Delhi on Wednesday, Rawat had also said that a “planned” influx of people from Bangladesh into the northeast is taking place as part of proxy warfare by Pakistan with support from China with an aim to keep the area disturbed.

AIUDF president Badruddin Ajmal had on Thursday criticised the Army chief for his “politically driven comments” and said his responsibility is to lead the armed forces for the security of the nation and not to monitor the growth of a political party.

First Published: Feb 23, 2018 22:03 IST