Stating that army was "not a holy cow," senior National Conference legislator Devinder Singh Rana on Wednesday accused the ruling BJP members of politicizing normal issues in the House to "show off their fake nationalism."
During the proceedings of the House, BJP MLA Sat Paul Sharma accused Rana of demoralizing army and said the former named the army personnel over firing in Nagrota in which a civilian was shot on Tuesday.
"The member on Tuesday named a particular sepoy. He tried to demoralise army and blame them for killing of a youth in Nogrota," Sharma told the House.
The remarks enraged Rana who accused the BJP MLAs of politicizing petty issues to "run their fake nationalism."
"Yesterday I used restraint to describe the incident that took place in Nagrota. I didn't name any army man but said reportedly Hushiyar Singh has shot a civilian. Records will bare me out for that," Rana said.
The House witnessed noisy scenes after Rana was interrupted by BJP members who reiterated that he demoralised army by openly blaming them for killing of youth.
Rana reacted to the accusations and said Indian army was a 'steel frame' and needed to be respected. "But there is always a reason to discuss the issue in House when somebody is shot at. No one is a holy cow. A civilian has been killed and we have to discuss the issue in House," Rana said.
Rana stated that nobody can dictate him on giving respect to army and said his relatives have served in army from the rank of Sepoy to Vice Army Chief. "Who else can know better than me about how to respect army? You (BJP) are the real anti-national people who are using army card to show off nationalism," Rana said.