Huge trust deficit exists between army, govt: BJP

Last Updated: Wed, Apr 04, 2012 06:25 hrs

New Delhi: Reacting to The Indian Express report for units moving towards national capital, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday said the report exposed the huge trust deficit that exists between the army and the government.
BJP leader Balbir Punj blamed the government for creating such an environment and demanded the resignation of Defence Minister A.K. Antony.
“There is huge trust deficit between the government and the India Army. And, it is a very unprecedented situation. The Defence Minister, Mr Antony, either he should quit immediately because of his sheer inefficiency and inaction, or the Prime Minister must sack him,” he said.

Punj further said that the Prime Minister was always on silent mode and this time, maybe, he should switch this mode off.
“Whatever the issue between the army and the government is going on, should be seen and it should be sorted out amicably,” said BJP spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi:
According to the Indian Express report, two-army units moved towards New Delhi without notifying the government on January 16.
While the army described it as a routine fog-time exercise, an investigation by the newspaper reveals the incident took place hours after Chief of Army Staff General V.K. Singh had moved the Supreme Court on his age controversy.
The paper further cites central intelligence agencies as reporting an unexpected movement by a key military unit from the mechanised infantry based in Hisar, Haryana, on January 16.
Routine lookouts confirmed the movement of an entire unit of the Mechanised Infantry with Russian-made Armoured Fighting Vehicles carried on 48 tank transporters.
The report also said that a unit of the Agra-based 50 Para Brigade was also moved.
The Indian Express claims that Defence Minister A.K. Antony was informed of the movement and immediately put in motion an old contingency plan -- by issuing a terror alert that entailed more police checking of vehicles and a slowing down of traffic.

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