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Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev flays Rahul for raking up OROP issue

Chandrasekhar questioned the locus standing of Congress party over the OROP issue and alleged even Indira Gandhi and incumbent Congress chief Sonia Gandhi had taken indifferent approaches to the issue.
Rahul Gandhi, rajeev
Vocal Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar has lashed out at Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on the One-Rank-One-Pension (OROP) scheme implementation controversy especially after the suicide of an ex-serviceman and urged him to stay away from political “opportunism”.
Alleging that Rahul Gandhi has not responded to his (Chandrasekhar’s) earlier letters including in 2011 when Congress-led UPA was in power, the Independent lawmaker from Karnataka – known for his anti-Congress stance, observed : “Grandstanding and political opportunism tend to stale rapidly and hypocrisy even faster”.
He said despite constraints and objections from the Union Finance Ministry, the incumbent Narendra Modi government announced the implementation of OROP policy for ex-servicemen and the move would cost the exchequer almost Rs 8300 crore per annum and a one-time cost of more than Rs 20,000 crore.
Chandrasekhar questioned the locus standing of Congress party over the OROP issue and alleged even Indira Gandhi and incumbent Congress chief Sonia Gandhi had taken indifferent approaches to the issue.
“I had first written to you on OROP and other armed forces related issues way back in 2011 but you neither replied to it nor took any action,” Chandrashekhar accused Rahul Gandhi in an open letter – widely in circulation on social networking sites Twitter and Facebook.
Chandrasekhar, also a member of the parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence, accused that the UPA government from 2004 to 2014 had ignored the issue of sanctioning OROP for ex-servicemen.
The Congress manifesto for Lok Sabha polls in 2004 had pledged to implement OROP, he said.
Congress Vice President Gandhi was detained thrice in last two days over staging protest on the OROP issue and for alleged ill-treatment of a family of an ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal, who committed suicide over Modi government’s indifference and not implementing OROP effectively.
“Perhaps you also need to be reminded that in 2008, the then Defence Minister A.K. Antony stated that the UPA government had not found the OROP demand acceptable,” Chandrasekhar wrote to Rahul Gandhi.
He further claimed Congress president Sonia Gandhi had raised OROP issue in 2002 “at a political rally” but she or UPA dispensation did not implement it during the two stints of the erstwhile UPA governments under PM Manmohan Singh.
Chandrasekhar also alleged that decades back in 1972-73, the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had in “one stroke terminated the OROP after 1971 Indo-Pak war”.
“May I respectfully suggest that going with entourage shouting ‘Rahul Gandhi ki Jai’ to a hospital full of patients and worrying relatives may not be the best way to show your recently discovered concern for (military) veterans,” Chandrasekhar reminded the Congress Vice President.
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