Congress questions new Army Chief's appointment

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New Delhi, Dec 18: Taking a strong exception to Lt.Gen. Bipin Rawat's appointment as the new Army Chief, the Congress has questioned the government's move. Congress leader Manish Tewari asked as to why the seniority was not been taken into account during the appointment.

Rawat and Air Marshal Dhanoa, presently the Vice Chiefs of their respective services, will take over on December 31, when incumbents Gen. Dalbir Singh and Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha demit office on retirement from service.

Manish Tewari
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Tewari took to micro-blogging site wtitter to question the PM over this. In a series of tweets, he asked why the other seniors in the uniform were overlooked.

Lt. Gen. Bipin Rawat would be the new Army Chief and Air Marshal B.S. Dhanoa the new chief of Indian Air Force, the Defence Ministry announced on Saturday.

The Left, too, questioned Rawat's appointment. CPI(M) politburo member Md Salim said: "Generally, we never comment on issues related to the armed forces. But it seems that the government is trying to change the traditions and norms of India's major institutions."


Lt Gen. Rawat and Air Marshal Dhanoa, presently the Vice Chiefs of their respective services, will take over on December 31, when incumbents Gen. Dalbir Singh and Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha demit office on retirement from service.

Rawat will be the second consecutive chief from the Gorkha Rifles. He will succeed Gen Dalbir Singh who was commissioned into 4/5 Gorkha Rifles

(with IANS inputs)

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