We are not opposed to any step by the government to strengthen security: Congress on CDS
NEW DELHI: Wednesday's Congress apparently distanced itself from critical comments from party leaders Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and about the appointment of General as him, saying that he is not opposed to any step taken by the government to strengthen the security of the country.
Party spokeswoman Sushmita Dev said the actions speak louder than words and the country will soon know how the Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) will work.
Commenting on that before will not be correct, he told reporters here.
Dev also declined to comment on the critical comments of Chowdhury and Tewari on the appointment of CDS.
But I would like to say that the decision to appoint the chief of staff (of defense) is of the government. We just hope that he (General Rawat) fulfills his responsibilities as chief of staff. Any action taken by the government to strengthen the security of the country, Congress does not oppose that, said Dev.
Congressional spokesman Manish Tewari, in a series of tweets on Tuesday, raised several questions about the appointment of General Bipin Rawat as Chief of Defense Staff (CDS), saying that the government has started off on the issue.
He also asked if the country was heading down a portentous road.
With great regret and full responsibility, I can say that the government has started with a very wrong foot with respect to CDS. Unfortunately, time will only reveal the implications of this decision, Tewari said on Twitter.
He also asked why the appointment of a CDS is full of difficulties and ambiguities.
Chowdhury also turned to Twitter to say: In the end, Rawat became the 1st Chief of Defense Staff, the government certainly took into account all his actions, including his ideological predilection, is an apolitical institution for which every Indian, Regardless of your caste, class, creed, the community is proud.
That the ideological predilection of Mr. Bipin Rawat Ji does not affect the apolitical institution of India, our 'ARMY', said the leader of Congress in Lok sabha I had tweeted.