Army chief General Bipin Rawat kicked up a storm on Thursday when he commented on the anti-CAA protests across the country, condemning those leading the “crowds to carry out arson and violence”.
Speaking at an event-Six Sigma Healthcare Delhi-he said it is not leadership if people lead university and college students towards violence.
General Rawat said: “Leaders are not those who lead people in inappropriate directions. We are witnessing in a large number of university and colleges students, the way they are leading masses of crowds to carry out arson and violence in cities and towns. This is not leadership (sic).”
#WATCH Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat: Leaders are not those who lead ppl in inappropriate direction. As we are witnessing in large number of universities&colleges,students the way they are leading masses&crowds to carry out arson&violence in cities & towns. This is not leadership. pic.twitter.com/iIM6fwntSC
— ANI (@ANI) December 26, 2019
Since both houses of Parliament approved amendments to the citizenship law earlier this month, protests – sometimes violent – have taken place across the country. Multiple protestors have been injured and have died in these protests, especially in Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka.
Twitter erupted in response to the Army Chief’s statement, with some suggesting he be “given a party ticket now”. (The Tribune)