Rahul Gandhi walks out of parliamentary panel meet on defence, says wastage of time9th January 2021
The issue of uniform should be left for senior defence officials to decide while the political leadership should discuss how to strengthen the forces at the LAC, Gandhi said.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and two other Congress members Rajeev Satav and Revanth Reddy on Wednesday walked out of a parliamentary panel meeting on defence, news agency PTI reported. The Congress leader alleged that instead of discussing on how to equip soldiers better, the panel wasted time in discussing the uniform of the armed forces while there was Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat present at the meeting.
The panel was discussing the uniform of the armed forces in which Rahul Gandhi intervened and said that this could be decided by senior defence officers of the armed forces, it has been learnt. A BJP parliamentarian present at the meeting was in favour of a same uniform in Army, Navy, Air Force so that there is no confusion. Gandhi mentioned that each of the wings and their uniforms have glorious history and past. Chairman of the panel BJP MP Jual Oram didn’t allow Gandhi to speak as he wanted to raise the issue of the soldiers posted at Line of Actual Control.
The political leadership should discuss the issues of national security and how to strengthen the forces who are fighting the Chinese in Ladakh, Gandhi said after which he was not allowed to continue.