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India: Former Army Chief VK Singh initiates “war” against next Army chief on Twitter

June 11, 2014 | By

Capt. Amrinder Singh demands VK Singh’s resignation as MoS

New Delhi, India (June 11, 2014): The opposition Congress is demanding that General VK Singh, former army chief, resign as a Minister of State (MoS) over his tweets against the officer selected to be India’s next army commander, Lieutenant General Dalbir Singh Suhag.

V K Singh [File Photo]

V K Singh [File Photo]

“General VK Singh’s tweets are a disgrace,” said Captain Amarinder Singh, former chief minister of Punjab and MP Amritsar, who defeated defense minister Arun Jaitly with a margin of over 1 lakh votes.

While reacting to the demand, Jaitly asked Congress not to politicize the issue and told the Rajay Sabha that name of Suhag was final for making him India Army Chief.

VK Singh is Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region, External Affairs and Overseas Indian Affairs in the Modi cabinet.

General Singh’s tweets were raised in Parliament today, with members of different parties deriding them as inappropriate. Defence Minister Arun Jaitley intervened to affirm, “As far as government is concerned, appointment (of Lt Gen Suhag as Army Chief) is final and the government stands by it.”

When he was army chief, General VK Singh had initiated disciplinary action against Lt Gen Suhag for allegedly failing to fix responsibility for a botched intelligence operation that allegedly took place in the North-East on his watch in December 2011.

An internal army enquiry then cleared Lt Gen Suhag of the charges and he was promoted to Eastern Commander, placing him in line for a future role as army chief.

In a series of tweets yesterday, General Singh attacked Lt Gen Suhag, accusing him of permitting his unit to indulge in “dacoity.”

“Would you have ever imagined General Kariappa or Thimmaya doing this?” Captain Amarinder Singh said today, referring to two of India’s most-respected army commanders.

“The Congressman said that the investigation into the charges against Lt Gen Suhag was handled appropriately by “an institutional mechanism in the army”.

You don’t have to tweet about this,” he said, “It demoralises the soldiers at our borders or those who are fighting insurgents.”

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