Cong leader dubs Army chief 'sadak ka goonda', later apologizes

Rosalie Stanley
June 13, 2017

Mr Dikshit, a former Congress lawmaker and the son of former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, has apologized after using the words "Sadak ka goonda (street goon)" for Army Chief Bipin Rawat.

"It is absolutely wrong".

"I thought Indian Army chiefs normally don't make these statements and they have a different manner in which they approach. No less than Congress president Sonia Gandhi should come out and apologise", Sitharaman said.

For likening the army chief to a "goonda" or goon, Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit received a public reprimand today from Rahul Gandhi.

The Commerce Minister's remarks came a day after Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit stoked a controversy with his description of Army chief General Rawat as a "sadak ka gunda", leading to outrage. He however withdrew his comments later, claiming he should have used appropriate language.

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Dikshit's comments on the army chief drew flak from Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju.

After facing public and political backlash, Sandeep Dikhsit had apologised for his comments against the Army Chief on Sunday itself. It was a comment on the chief and not the army. "The views expressed by him are not the party's views", he said, adding, the "Congress Party believes in "ahimsa" (non-violence)".

However, Dikshit soon offered apology. There is a clear pattern in the comments emanating from the Congress Party.

Even when India lost a war, this kind of name calling did not happen, she said. "I wonder if there is a strategy of the Congress to undermine our institutions. The aspersions they cast, the shaming, the choice of words they would make - not just now, but since the time of the Batla House encounter are to demoralise the Army", she said.

"It was a statement given to you (ANI) only and it was in the context of the constant statements that the Army Chief has made with regard to the army's preparation and Pakistan".

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