Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit calls Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat ‘sadak ka goonda’, apologises later

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New Delhi, June 11: Former Congress Member of Parliament Sandeep Dikshit on Sunday said the Chief of Army Staff should not use the language which is equivalent to the language used by a street goon. He was referring to the statement of General Bipin Rawat replying to comments of the Pakistani Army Chief Qamar Bajwa on the consistent support to Kashmiri people in their struggle.  Dikshit said, “Pakistani Army is notorious for its abuse of power and derogatory language for its adversaries. Indians are known for their behaviour and they should not imitate their counterparts.”

However, his statement drew flak from the ruling party Bharatiya Janata Party and its members. “This is a habit of the Congress. Rahul Gandhi came forward some months back and used the phrase ‘khoon ki dalali’. Now his leader calls our Army chief a goon. The nation seeks an apology from the Congress. None other than Sonia Gandhi ji should order his expulsion,” BJP’s national spokesperson Sambit Patra said.

However, Dikshit apologised later, saying, “I absolutely regret the statements made by me earlier in the day. I apologise for the same.”

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Before Dikshit’s apology, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju took to Twitter to slam the Congress leader. Rijiju said, “What’s wrong with Congress Party? How dare Congress call Indian Army Chief as “Sadak Ka Gunda”?”