Provincial President National Conference Devender Singh Rana on Sunday hit out at former Army chief General (Retd) VK Singh for tarnishing the dignity of Army Chief’s office.
“How can a person of the stature of Chief of the Army Staff don upon himself a role carved out for the people in a democratic country”, Rana said while addressing NC convention at Nandian and Darhal block headquarters.
NC Provincial President said his party stands vindicated after the revelation of General VK Singh’s role in overthrowing the democratically elected government led by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in 2010 as his tenure in Kashmir had remained biased against NC.
“Ever since the positioning of General Singh as GoC Victor Force in Kashmir, he had developed close links with south Kashmir based political elements and sustained this special relationship in his elevated capacities,” he said.
“He went out of way to overthrow the Omar Abdullah government by using all resources at his command, much against the high traditions of the Indian Army,” Rana said while pointing out that this all was being done to put a ‘particular outfit’ into the ruling seat.
Referring to the connivance of local actors into the conspiracy against National Conference, the Provincial President said that Mr Ghulam Hassan Mir, or for that matter Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, might be gods for the former Army Chief and NC leaders as demons but the fact remains that he has misused the uniform he donned by indulging in petty politics fraught with bias against his party.
Rana once again reiterated the demand of probe into the matter.
He added “We should not forget that General Singh behaved like a mentor and propagator of a political party and some shady political entities during his tenure so far as the state like Jammu and Kashmir is concerned. He described Indian Army as a great institution and said that conduct of an individual should not be treated as a reflection on the entire force.”