Don’t politicise suicide: BJP

November 03, 2016 01:10 am | Updated December 02, 2016 01:02 pm IST - NEW DELHI:

V.K. Singh

V.K. Singh

The BJP on Wednesday accused the Opposition of politicising the suicide of ex-serviceman Ram Kishen Grewal, who had blamed his disappointment with the One Rank One Pension (OROP) award by the Union government in his suicide note.

Minister of State for External Affairs and the former Chief of Army Staff General V.K. Singh also called for an investigation into the reasons for the suicide and Grewal’s mental state. “The reason for his [Grewal’s] suicide being reported is the OROP, don’t know what his mental state was, it needs investigation,” he said.

BJP national vice-president Vinay Sahasrabuddhe accused the Congress of hypocrisy in condoling with the family of Grewal. “What hypocrites! The UPA all along refused the OROP, later sat on it for years and after the NDA gave it, Rahul Gandhi is exploiting passions for politics,” he tweeted.

BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma accused both the Congress Mr. Gandhi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of playing politics over the suicide of an ex-serviceman. “The suicide of ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal is unfortunate and our sympathies are with his family. What is even more unfortunate is the politics over his death. As far as the OROP is concerned, the government has fulfilled its commitment and ex-servicemen are benefiting from it,” he said.

“What Rahul Gandhi and [Arvind] Kejriwal are doing is nothing but politics over death,” he said.

0 / 0
Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.