New Delhi, Sep 30 :Union Steel Minister Birender Singh issued a controversial and insensitive statement, saying that rarely a soldier gets killed during a military operation.
Grieving Martyrs’ families reacted furiously and said, “Birender should send his son to Army and when his son will get killed in a military operation then he will know the price of the Martyrdom.”
“I will ask Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar to enhance the compensation given to the families of Marytrs of Indian soldiers , who get killed during the military operation as because there is rarely that a soldier gets killed from our state (Harynana) in a year,” Birender said while addressing a function of Martyrs’ families at Jind district in Haryana on Septmber 29 , the day celebrated as Paraarakram Parv .
Singh’s statement proved greatly embarrassing to the the Narendra Modi government, coming at a time when it is under fire for recent killings of soldiers at the border.
On one side Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated Parakram Parv on Sepetmeber 29 to mark the second anniversary of the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army, the shocking statement by Birender brings embarrasment to Modi government.
The statement kicked up a political storm as Opposition parties slams Modi government of playing double standards while grieving families condemned Birender Singh’s statement and demanded an apology
Such statements by Modi ministers will only anger soldiers.The families of Martyrs said that on one side government inspire youth to join Army and on the contrary ministers and politicians issue insensitive remarks against soldiers who laid down their lives for the nation, “We do not join the Army to die, but to fight for our country and ministers should also send their sons to Army .”
This is not the first time that ministers of Modi government has given highly insensitive statements about Indian Army soldiers, earlier, Panchayati Raj Minister of the State Bhim Singh of Bihar made a remark that jawans were “meant for martyrdom”.
“Jawans are meant to be martyred. People join the police and the Army to sacrifice themselves,” Singh said.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar then tendered an apology.