Indian army soldiers | Representational image | Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images
More than 150 military veterans have written to the Indian President, asking him to check how parties are taking credit for military operations | Representational image | Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images
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New Delhi: Eight former service chiefs and 148 other military veterans have written to President Ram Nath Kovind, expressing outrage over what they termed using the armed forces for political purposes.

The signatories of the letter included former Army chiefs General (retired) SF Rodrigues, General (retired) Shankar Roy Chowdhury and General (retired) Deepak Kapoor, former IAF chief Air Chief Marshal (retired) NC Suri.

Three former Navy chiefs Admiral (retired) L Ramdas, Admiral (retired) Arun Prakash, Admiral (retired) Mehta and Admiral (retired) Vishnu Bhagwat also signed the letter, which was sent to Kovind on Thursday.

“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 veterans wrote.

The military veterans said it was a matter of considerable concern and disquiet among both the serving and the retired personnel that the armed forces are being used to pursue political agenda.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath recently referred to the armed forces as “Modiji ki Sena” at an election rally in Uttar Pradesh, triggering strong reactions from the opposition parties.

The Election Commission too also took strong objection to the comments.

In the letter, the military veterans also expressed disappointment over the usage of photos of Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman and other soldiers at election campaigns.

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  1. Why do the military veterans show uneasiness of political parties taking credit of military action now? Where were they when Indira Gandhi and her party took credit of creation Bangladesh ? There is no harm in it She deserved it then because it only the will of political masters that Army acts and so credit is associated with the leadership of the day and it must be shared between Leadership and Army and not in isolation. The opposition is making hue and cry and questioning the issue for obvious reasons keeping an eye on election.

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