NEW DELHI: Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday announced a financial assistance of Rs 1 crore to the family of late Subedar Ram Kishan Grewal (retd) in Bhiwani where he attended the last rites of the Army veteran.
“The Delhi government has given Grewal the status of a martyr. We will give financial assistance of Rs 1 crore to the family. He has sacrificed his life for the country and for his fellow soldiers. We will not let his sacrifice go waste. We will fight for OROP till the end,” said Kejriwal.
Later, AAP organised a meet at Jantar Mantar to pay tribute to Grewal where party members attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for misleading and misusing the armed forces. They also said that Modi lied to the nation about OROP implementation.”Today , defence minister Manohar Parrikar has said that OROP has not been implemented completely. Why did the PM lie to the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort?
He owes an explanation to the nation,” said labour minister Gopal Rai. While BJP accused AAP and Congress of politicising Grewal’s death, Rai hit back and questioned why no central government minister was yet to meet the family .”We thought that the central ministers will call the family and assure them of government’s support. Till today, no central minister has met the family. The central government has insulted the armed forces by not meeting the Gre wal’s family,” said Dilip Pandey, AAP’s Delhi convenor.
AAP also said BJP was busy publicising the surgical strike for political gains but had no time for addressing soldiers’ problems. “The PM has time for Diwali milan. But he has no time to meet the family of a martyr. They (BJP) are putting up posters in UP about the armed forces. Can’t they give some money to the deceased soldiers?” Rai said.
The party also took on General V K Singh (retd) for his comments on Grewal’s mental state and other parties politicising the issue. “He shouldn’t talk about politicising an issue. He used our stage for personal gains. He has become an MP because of the support of armed forces personnel,” Rai said.
Some ex-servicemen also shared the stage with AAP members and slammed Singh for his comments. “The former chief of Army said about Grewal’s mental status. A serving general who had gone to Supreme Court on the issue of his date of birth, I think his mental status should be checked. He has insulted the soldiers,” said Major Rajinder Singh (retd).