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Sonia Gandhi should apologise over Sandeep Dikshit's 'gunda' remarks: BJP

Congress party consistently questions integrity of Indian Army, says Nirmala Sitharaman

IANS  |  New Delhi 

General Bipin Rawat, Army Chief, Guard of Honour
Army Chief, General Bipin Rawat

The on Monday demanded an apology from President over the remarks of party leader Sandeep Dikshit, who described Army chief Bipin Rawat as a "sadak ka gunda" (street thug).

"The party consistently questions the integrity of the to shame and demoralise the Indian Army," Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said at a press conference here.

"'Sadak ka gunda'? Is that the language a senior politician uses against our Army chief?" she asked.

The (BJP) leader also said she wondered if there was a strategy of the to "undermine the Indian Army".

"should come out and apologise for the remarks made against the by Congress leaders," Sitharaman said.

The Commerce Minister's remarks came a day after Congress leader stoked a controversy with his description of Army chief General Rawat as a "sadak ka gunda", leading to outrage.

However, Dikshit soon offered an apology. But he came under attack from the BJP, which asked the Congress to take action against the former MP.

Taking a dig at Dikshit, Sitharaman said the Congress allows its well-known faces to just "go haywire" and does not bother coming out clean on whether its approach is to respect the

Saying that the was shocked over Dikshit's remark, Sitharaman added: "Even when he withdrew the comments that he had made, there is no sense of apology. He sticks to his position, there is no correction about the attitude with which he has spoken."

First Published: Mon, June 12 2017. 15:50 IST