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Military Veterans Write to President over Politicization of Armed Forces in Poll Campaigning

Military Veterans Write to President over Politicization of Armed Forces in Poll Campaigning

New Delhi: In a major development, over 150 retired military officers, including eight former chiefs of the army, wrote to President Ram Nath Kovind requesting him to take all necessary steps to urgently direct all political parties that they must forthwith desist from using the military, military uniforms or symbols, and any actions by military formations or personnel, for political purposes or to further their political agendas.

“We hearby respectfully urge you to take all necessary steps to urgently direct all political parties that they must forthwith desist from using the military, military uniforms or symbols, and any actions by military formations or personnel, for political purposes or to further their political agendas,” the veterans said in the letter.

The letter, which has also been copied to the Chief Election Commissioner, urges the President “to ensure that the secular and apolitical character of our Armed Forces is preserved”. It states that notifications issued by the Election Commission to UP CM Adityanath on the matter “do not appear to have resulted in any substantive change of behaviour and practice on the ground”.

The former chiefs who signed the letter include Army Chiefs General Sunith Francis Rodrigues, General Shankar Roychowdhury, General Deepak Kapoor, former Navy chiefs Admiral Laxminarayan Ramdas, Admiral Vishnu Bhagwat, Admiral Arun Prakash, Admiral Suresh Mehta and former Air Chief Air Chief Marshal NC Suri.

The letter referred to the “unusual and totally unacceptable practice” of political leaders taking credit for military operations like cross-border strikes and even being called “Modi ki sena” referring to recent comments by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

“We therefore appeal to you to ensure the secular and apolitical character of our armed forces is preserved,” they said.

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