Edited By: Pritha Mallick
Last Updated: January 18, 2023, 18:44 IST
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra sparked one other row after an image of a ‘Commando’ in Army fight uniform saluting the previous social gathering president in Punjab went viral on social media.
In a tweet by the Congress’s official deal with with the caption, “Salute… for braveness, restraint, patriotism and fervour,” Rahul Gandhi is seen saluting a man in Army combat uniform, wearing medals and a beret with the regimental insignia of The Grenadiers Regiment. The name tag on the uniform identifies the man as ‘Jatender Singh’.
The picture drew condemnation from several users including Army veterans who have noted that the ex-servicemen should not be attending a political event wearing a full uniform.
The man is likely an ex-serviceman, users have noted as ‘Commando’ was phased out by the Army years ago and the shoulder flash of ‘Special Forces’ is currently used, according to a report by The Indian Express.
The Congress, however, has said if an ex-serviceman wearing his combat uniform is condemned, then the same should be done for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Vice-president of Congress in Nagaland and a former Army officer G K Zhimoni said, “If the veteran wearing combat uniform while meeting Rahul Gandhi is wrong, then PM Modi ji is equally wrong, if not more.”
If the veteran carrying fight uniform whereas assembly Rahul Gandhi is fallacious, then PM Modi ji is equally fallacious, if no more.Who cares for @adgpi Dress Regulations in this period of faux nationalism. pic.twitter.com/qk3VQyujGX
— GK Zhimomi (@gkzhimomi) January 18, 2023
The Prime Minister’s Office was issued a discover by district court docket in Uttar Pradesh final yr after he wore the Indian Army uniform whereas interacting with Army personnel throughout his Kashmir go to on Diwali in 2021.
Meanwhile, the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ entered Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday morning. After the march entered the state close to Ghatota village, Punjab Congress president Amrinder Singh Raja Warring handed over the flag to Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu and state Congress chief Pratibha Singh.
The march, which began from Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu on September 7, spanning 3,570 kms, will conclude in Srinagar by January 30, with Gandhi hoisting the nationwide flag in the summer season capital of Jammu and Kashmir.
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