Nation needs answers on ‘supersession’: Congress on new Chief of Army Staff


New Delhi, Dec 18: Amid the announcement of Lieutenant General Bipin Rawat being the new Chief of Army Staff, Congress on Sunday questioned the decision as Rawat’s appointment supersedes two seniors. Following this, Congress seeks for an answer from the government regarding the same.

Congress leader Manish Tewari, on twitter, expressed his concerns with the decision and asserted that this was not a personal attack on the new Chief but a “legitimate question”.

“With all due respect to General Rawat’s professionalism and brilliance as a soldier and no personal animosity to anybody, there is a legitimate question as to why has this supersession taken place. After all, Lt. Gen Praveen Bakshi who commands the Eastern Command, the Southern Army Commander Lt. Gen Mohammed Ali and the Central Army Commander are all senior to the gentleman who is being designated,” Tewari said.

Reiterating his demand for an answer to the legitimate question as to why this supersession has taken place, the Congress leader added that the government’s defence saying the grand old party superseded in the 80s and therefore the ruling dispensation has the right to do so is complete “non-sequitur”.

“Every situation has its own context and therefore nothing can be extrapolated out of context in order to justify supersession. Why were these three senior army commanders superseded? Did the government have anything against them? Was their professionalism in question? What was the reason that the fourth incumbent was picked and I guess the Army being a public institution the country deserves those answers,” Tewari said.

In the meantime, Ministry of Defence (MoD) sources have narrated that Lt. General Bipin Rawat was found to be the best suited among others in order to deal with emerging challenges.

Wefornews Bureau

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