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Lt Gen Bipin Rawat's appointment as next Army chief: Congress seeks explanation from Modi govt

New Delhi: The Congress has questioned Lt General Bipin Rawat's appointment as the new Army Chief.

"Why has seniority not been respected in appointment of Army Chief? Why have Lt General Pravin Bakshi and Lt General Mohamed Ali Hariz been superseded, Mr PM (Narendra Modi)?" Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari posted on his Twitter account on Saturday.

"Why has third senior most officer Lt Gen Bipin Rawat, with due respects to his professionalism, superseded other two in a hierarchical force?" he asked.

Tewari further corrected himself saying: "Correction, General Rawat is not third but fourth senior most. Even Lt General BS Negi Army commander Central Command is senior to him? Why Mr PM?"

"And I only hope and pray it is untrue that this supersession in the Army is not a precursor to suppressions in other institutions like SC?" Tewari asked.

Lt General Bipin Rawat would be the new Army Chief and Air Marshal BS Dhanoa the new chief of Indian Air Force, the defence ministry announced on Saturday.

Lt General Rawat and Air Marshal Dhanoa, presently the Vice Chiefs of their respective services, will take over on 31 December, when incumbents General Dalbir Singh Suhag and Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha demit office on retirement from service.

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Updated Date: Dec 19, 2016 17:37:30 IST

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