New Delhi: BJP on Friday accused Kerala’s “left” political leaders and those associated with the state government of “insulting the country’s heroes” such as Chief of Defense Staff General Bipin Rawat, who died in a helicopter crash last week with his wife and 12 other defense personnel.
“Left-wing political operatives in Kerala denigrated the deaths of the late General Bipin Rawat, his wife and 12 other brave men in the tragic helicopter crash earlier this month,” Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar said at a press conference here.
“It is absolutely reprehensible and disgusting that a political party in power in a state has insulted our brave,” he said.
Another BJP leader and Union Minister V Muraleedharan claimed that Rawat and other military personnel who died in the crash were “denigrated” in Kerala with the “active connivance” of the left-wing state government.
BJP chief spokesperson Anil Baluni, who like Rawat is from Uttarakhand, said it was painful to see people using unfortunate remarks to insult heroes like him.
Chandrasekhar said the left has created a political culture “in which it is totally acceptable for people working in a state government or members of a state political party to denigrate Indian heroes.” party that says these things; it reflects the broader political culture that the left has created and fostered “.
This must be called, he added.
Rawat and those who perished with him in the crash served the country with distinction, and there is no doubt in the minds of any Indian of his distinguished service, Chandrasekhar said, referring to the outpouring of public emotions following the tragedy.
Some people have been arrested in different states for posting messages on social media considered “insulting” to the country’s top military officer or even celebrating his disappearance.
Muraleedharan noted that one of those responsible who died in the crash was from Kerala.
Chandrasekhar said he himself was the son of a military official, and added that he found it “reprehensible and disgusting” that a ruling political party in Kerala insulted the tradition of service represented by Rawat.
BJP spokesman Rajyavardhan Rathore, a retired army officer, claimed that some political parties have fallen so badly in their thirst for power that they are not even sparing the army. PTI