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Modi ji ki sena statement slammed by Opposition, defence

April 3, 2019

Admiral L Ramdas, former Indian Navy chief has said that he will approach the Election Commission of India (ECI) against the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for referring to the Army as "Modi ji ki sena (Modi's army)" at an election rally last week.

Adityanath said, "Congress people used to serve terrorists biryani and Modi-ji's Sena (Prime Minister Narendra Modi's army) gives them only golis and golas (bullets and bombs). That's the difference. Congress people use 'ji' for terrorists like Masood Azhar but under the leadership of PM Modi, the BJP government is breaking the backs of terrorists by striking their camps".

Admiral Ramdas said that the defence forces do not belong to any individual. He also said that retired soldiers as well as those in service are upset with this comment.

The armed forces do not belong to any one individual, they serve the country. Till the polls get over, the Chief Election Commissioner is the boss. I am going to approach the Election Commission in this regard. - Admiral L Ramdas, Former Indian Navy chief

At a rally in Ghaziabad, Adityanath referred to the Army as "Modi ji ki sena". This led to a political controversy and there have been reactions from the Opposition and the military.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted saying, "We are proud of our Army. They belong to all. They are a great asset of our nation, and not a cassette of the BJP. People of this country must stand up and reject this statement."

Congress leader Priyanka Chaturvedi also attacked Yogi Adityanath and demanded an apology. "This is an insult to our armed forces. They are India's Armed Forces not the private army of Prachaar Mantri. Adityanath must apologise".

Lieutenant General HS Panag (retired) said that many such comments have been made over the last five years by politicians to link nationalism with the armed forces. Speaking to the media he said that "such comments lead to the politicisation of the Army".

The ECI has asked the Ghaziabad district administration to file a report on Adityanath's statement.

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