Stop ly­ing on pen­sion is­sue, Rahul tells PM

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

NEW DELHI: Congress vice-pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi on Fri­day ac­cusedPrimeMin­is­terNaren­dra Modi of “ly­ing” to the na­tion over the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a pen­sion scheme for the armed forces, ratch­et­ing up his party’s bat­tle with the BJP govern­ment over the con­tentious is­sue.

Gandhi also sought an apol­ogy from the govern­ment for po­lice man­han­dling of the fam­ily of ex-ser­vice­man Ram Kis­han Gre­wal, who com­mit­ted sui­cide on Wed­nes­day over the one rank, one pen­sion (OROP) is­sue.

The Congress leader’s sting­ing at­tack came af­ter he in­ter­acted with a group of 60-70 ex-ser­vice­men at the Congress head­quar­ters in Delhi at 24, Ak­bar Road.

“He wanted to un­der­stand the is­sue. We ap­prised him of the sub­ject and our de­mands,” said re­tired Maj Gen Sat­bir Singh of the In­dian Ex-Ser­vice­men Move­ment, which is lead­ing the fight for to­tal im­ple­men­ta­tion of OROP.

“Hope he raises our is­sue. It is the duty of ev­ery par­lia­men­tar­ian to raise the is­sue and help ex-ser­vice­men get their rights.”

At the fore­front of the ag­i­ta­tion on the is­sue fol­low­ing Gre­wal’s sui­cide, Gandhi had been de­tained thrice in two days by the Delhi po­lice dur­ing protests.

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