RJD, SP demand dismissal of army chief

Gen VK Singh's letter to the PM expressing concern over the state of preparedness of the army was made public.

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RJD, SP demand dismissal of army chief

RJD and Samajwadi Party on Wednesday sought the dismissal of Army Chief Gen VK Singh for making public his reported letter to the Prime Minister expressing concern over the state of preparedness of the army with Lalu Prasad advising him to remain within limits.

"He (General) should be sacked immediately. Why he was silent all these days if there was shortage of ammunition," RJD supremo Lalu Prasad asked while talking to reporters outside Parliament.

Describing the Army Chief as a "frustrated" man, he said, "It seems the General wants to fight elections. If there are any issues concerning the forces then he should have taken the Defence Minister into confidence. There is a huge investment on defence forces."

RJD chief further said, "He should remain within his limits."

Terming the development as very "serious and sensitive", Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav also demanded sacking of the Army Chief.

"People always have faith in our forces. It is a very serious and sensitive issue as far as letter is concerned which states that 97% of our ammunition is not good, SP leader said.

He said the responsibility should be fixed for the leakage of the letter and whoever is responsible, action should be taken against him.

"If Army Chief is responsible for it which prima facie suggests he should be sacked immediately. If this kind of indiscipline grows in Army then it will be a dangerous trend for the country."

However, Yadav said the development is a also a sign of weak leadership.

Expressing concern, JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav said, "It has never happened in the last 63 years. We are very concerned over the development. This is a very serious issue and whatever is happening is not good."

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