New Delhi: The Election Commission, on Monday, sought a report after Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath called the Indian Army “Modiji ki Sena” at an election rally. The poll panel has asked for a factual report from the Ghaziabad district election office and asked it to submit it by Tuesday.
After Adityanath’s remark, criticization poured in against him and the Bharatiya Janata Party. The opposition accused him for insulting the armed forces and called this description is “politicizing the Indian Army” and passing of their achievements as their own.
Former Indian Navy chief Admiral L Ramdas, on Monday, said he would approach the Election Commission Adityanath for the UP CM’s remark. He asserted that the armed forces do not belong to any individual and claimed that many veterans and those in the service were upset over it.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee called Adityanath’s remark shocking and tweeted:
It is shocking to hear the UP CM saying that the Indian Army is the ‘Modi Sena’. Such blatant personalisation and usurping of our beloved Indian Army is an insult and a humiliation 1/2— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) April 1, 2019
Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi tweeted, “Adityanath must apologise.”
Ab Indian Army ka naamkaran karke Modi ki Sena rakh diya CM Adityanath ne. This is an insult to our armed forces. They are India’s Armed Forces not the private army of Prachaar Mantri. Adityanath must apologise. https://t.co/IDF8U6DSjR— Priyanka Chaturvedi (@priyankac19) April 1, 2019
Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot shared his agitation and tweeted:
The nation is proud of its Armed Forces. They belong to all of us and are not “Modi ji ki sena”. BJP should respect our Armed Forces and stop politicising their valour and sacrifices.— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) April 1, 2019