Stop lying on pension issue, Rahul tells PM
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.