Expressing displeasure over repeated instances of political parties using armed forces for political gains this elections, over 150 ex-servicemen, including eight former chiefs of staff, wrote a letter to President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday, 11 April.
Speaking of the politicisation, Army veterans said that “some concerns have caused considerable alarm and disquiet among both the serving and the retired personnel of our forces.”
“We, refer, Sir to the unusual and completely unacceptable practice of political leaders taking credit for military operations like cross-border strikes, and even going so far as to claim the Armed Forces to be ‘Modi ji ki Sena’,” the letter reads.
The letter, undersigned by eight former chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Force among other veterans, has urged the President to take “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 to further their political agendas.”
Use of ‘Modi Ji Ki Sena’ Unacceptable: Army Veterans
Referring to the recent use of term “Modi ji ki sena” by Uttar Pradesh’s Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to describe the Indian Army, the veterans have said that such a usage is completely unacceptable.
The veterans have also objected to use of Indian Air Forces’ Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman in posters, along with soldiers in election platforms and campaigns.
Pointing out that political parties have displayed utmost disregard for the Model Code of Conduct, the letter by Army veterans states that such incidents might increase.
The group of veterans have specified that those in active service cannot speak out, even on matters which might affect their “interests adversely” since they are subject to military law and are governed by the parliamentary acts of their respective service.