Eight former service chiefs and over 100 ex-military officers have written a damning letter to Indian President Ramnath Kovind and expressed deep concern about the use of the military and referring to a recent operation to garner votes in the Lok Sabha election 2019.
They claimed that “India’s Armed Forces have loyally upheld the democratic principle of civil control over the military.” “The unusual and completely unacceptable practice of political leaders taking credit for military operations like cross-border strikes, and even going so far as to claim the Armed Forces to be ‘Modi ji ki Sena’,” the letter says.
The veterans also referred to photographs of the election campaign in which “party workers are seen wearing military uniforms; and posters and images with pictures of soldiers and especially of Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, displayed”.
The Election Commission had also asked political parties not use photographs of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was capturd by Pakistan Air Force in retaliation by the PAF. The general elections kicked off on Thursday with polling on 91 of the 543 seats to the Lok Sabha.
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24 August, 2019