Strongly objecting to the manner in which “political leaders are taking credit for military operations”, a group of Army veterans has written to President Ram Nath Kovind to “take all necessary steps” to ensure parties do not use the “military, military uniforms or symbols, and any actions by military formations or personnel for political purposes” amid the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.
In a letter addressed to the President and signed by over 100 retired personnel, the veterans raised concerns that have “caused considerable alarm and disquiet among both the serving and the retired personnel of our forces”.
“We refer, Sir, to the unusual and completely unacceptable practice of political leaders taking credit for military operations like cross-border strikes, and even going so far to claim the Armed Forces to be ‘Modi ji ki sena’,” the letter read.
“This is in addition to media pictures of election platforms and campaigns in which party workers are seen wearing military uniforms; and posters and images with pictures of soldiers and especially of Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, displayed,” it added.
Referring to a similar letter written by former Navy chief Admiral L Ramdas (retired) to the Election Commission, the veterans said there has been “no substantive change of behaviour and practice on the ground” despite the poll…