Army officers should not comment on policy decisions: Raja, Paswan
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
Srinagar, Dec 5: CPI today expressed displeasure over comments by Army officers on policy decisions of the government, saying the forces should leave it to the Parliament.
"Policy making is in the domain of the Parliament and the Government and the Armed forces should refrain from making comments on these issues," party national secretary D Raja told reporters here.
Raja, who was part of a Parliamentarian-civil society delegation on a three-day 'fact finding' mission to Kashmir, was responding to a question over the recent spat between Army and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah over the removal of security bunkers.
The CPI leader said, in the recent times, there were other incidents of this nature where Army officers were commenting on Government policies in other parts of the country.
"We are critical of such things... Army will have to work on the defined policy," he said. Raja said there was effort to undermine the Armed forces of the country but they should leave the policy making to the institutions which are in place for the said purpose.
LJP President Ram Vilas Paswan also said that Army did not have a right to comment on policy matters.
"They (army) should convey their concerns to the government, which formulates the policy. It is not the job of the army to act as a spokesman," he added.
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