OROP suicide: Rahul Gandhi detained twice amid protests
Former Defence Minister AK Antony warned that "things will be difficult" if the government does not implement the OROP in toto immediately and remove pay commission anomalies
Rahul Gandhi and many top leaders of the Congress party were detained on Tuesday following the alleged suicide of a former soldier over OROP, prompting the party vice-president to demand an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He was later released at night amid strong protests by party leaders. "The least this government can do is to apologise to the family of the deceased soldier for making them suffer," said an angry Gandhi.
Addressing a joint press conference at the AICC headquarters, former Defence Minister AK Antony warned that "things will be difficult" if the government does not implement the OROP in toto immediately and remove the pay commission anomalies.
Holding the Modi government responsible for the suicide of Subedar Ram Kishan Grewal (70), a resident of Bhiwani district in Haryana, Antony and party chief spokesman Randeep Surjewala demanded that Prime Minister apologise to the nation and the Armed Forces for "misleading them" that OROP has been implemented.
"The present government is responsible for this suicide. Modi government, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister, is talking for last one year that they have implemented OROP fully, but have not yet done so. They have diluted the OROP as implemented by UPA. The government must implement OROP in toto at the earliest and remove all pay commission anomalies otherwise things will be difficult," Antony said, adding had everything been implemented fully this tragedy would not have happened.
Anthoni added, "If is government has any kind of loyalty left for Armed Forces, my humble request to Prime Minister is please apologise to the nation and the families of soldiers for misleading them that OROP has been implemented. Such action has been unheart of in the history of India."
After his release, Rahul Gandhi said, "The minimum that government should do is to apologise to the family of the deceased ex-serviceman." The family made a sacrifice and what happened to them (their detention) is wrong, he added.