Mind your business: P Chidambaram slams army chief Gen Bipin Rawat for remarks on CAA protests

Speaking at the 'Maha Rally' against the new Citizenship Act, the former Union Minister said that it is 'a matter of shame' that the UP DGP and Army Chief have been asked to support the government.

Published: 28th December 2019 04:19 PM  |   Last Updated: 28th December 2019 04:24 PM   |  A+A-

Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram. (File | EPS)

Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram (File photo| EPS)


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Saturday came down heavily on Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat, who had recently criticised people leading violent protests over the Citizenship Amendment Act, asking him to "mind his business."

The former union minister was speaking at the 'Maha Rally" against the new Act, organised by Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) in front of Raj Bhavan here. He also alleged that the Army Chief and the Director General of Police (DGP) of Uttar Pradesh had been asked to support the government and it was a "shame".

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"Now, the Army General is being asked to speak up. Is it the job of the Army General?" Chidambaram asked. "The DGP and the Army General are being asked to support the government. It is a shame. Let me appeal to General Rawat. You head the Army and mind your business. What politicians will do, politicians will do. It is not the business of the Army to tell politicians what we should do. Just as it is not our business to tell you how to fight a war. You fight war according to your ideas and we will manage the politics of the country," he said.

Politicians would manage politics and the army does not have the business to tell them what they should do, the Congress veteran added. Critisising the anti-CAA protests, General Rawat had recently said the leadership was not about guiding masses, including students, to carry out arson and violence.

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"Leaders are not those who lead people in inappropriate directions, as we are witnessing in a large number of university and college students, the way they are leading masses of crowds to carry out arson and violence in our cities and towns. This is not leadership," the Army Chief had said at a health summit in New Delhi on Thursday.


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  • Balan

    3 years ago reply
  • Alok

    Mr Chidambaram comes from a well to do family. Yet his greed has led to him being surrounded by several criminal corruption charges. Gen Bipin Rawats agreed to go to a higher in order of precedence led him to speak out of turn. Greed being the common factor makes them brethren in arms. But no one can accept a person facing criminal charges to speak against a battle hardened soldier of 40 y. It also speaks volumes on the people in power because even an army chief on the verge of retirement felt that a few words spoken to align with the political line could get him a coveted higher position
    3 years ago reply
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