Grewal was 'Congress worker', his suicide not related to OROP: VK Singh

The MoS' statement came a day after he triggered a controversy with his demand for probe into the "mental state" of the ex-serviceman, who committed suicide over OROP.

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Amid the political war-of- words surrounding the alleged suicide of retired soldier Ram Kishan Grewal, Union Minister VK Singh on Thursday said the ex-serviceman's issue was with the bank, and not OROP, as it is being projected.

The MoS' statement came a day after he triggered a controversy with his demand for probe into the "mental state" of the ex-serviceman, who committed alleged suicide over OROP.

Terming the former soldier's death as unfortunate, Singh said Grewal was a Congress worker and contested Sarpanch election on Congress ticket.

According to a report in Zee News, the former Army chief raised serious doubts on Grewal's alleged suicide, saying it needs to be probed as from where the ex-Armyman procured the Sulpha tablets.

The MoS said all facts needed to be investigated because "I don`t know the political reasons" behind his suicide.

''See, he committed sucide, nobody knows the reason why. OROP has been shown as the reason, but we do not know the status of his mental health. Let the investigation take place. I have already told that OROP should be kept separate from politics,'' Singh said, according to the report.

He added that most aspects of the OROP have been covered and that if someone complains over a few pennies and the delay of few years, should not be indulged.

The BJP leader also raised questions on the telephonic conversation between Grewal and his son Kulwant Grewal.

The Army veteran had reportedly called Kulwant minutes before taking the extreme step.

''I am sitting near India Gate and I have consumed poison. The government is doing injustice to jawans and I can’t tolerate this. I am a man of principle. I am sacrificing my life for the betterment my family, ex-soldiers and my nation,” 70-year-old Grewal is heard saying in the audio.

Defending the government, Singh asserted, “If Grewal had reached out to us (Government), and didn't get help, then it would have been our fault.”

Meanwhile, Congress leader Randeep Surjewala launched a scathing attack on teh Union MInsiter saying, "Singh's continuous character assassination of a soldier is disgusting...BJP encashs Army's bravery but fails to do justice to veterans."

"Panchayat elections are not fought on party tickets in Haryana. BJP should stop lame duck excuses and apologise for insulting armed forces," Surjewala tweeted.