CPM slams govt for political interference in appointing new Army Chief

The CPM on Monday criticised the government for bypassing the established convention while naming a new army chief and said the military should not be subject to political interference.

IANS December 19, 2016 18:23:06 IST
CPM slams govt for political interference in appointing new Army Chief

New Delhi: The CPM on Monday criticised the government for bypassing the established convention while naming a new army chief and said the military should not be subject to political interference.

"The appointment of the new Chief of Army Staff has been done bypassing the established convention of the senior most General assuming the post," the Communist Party of India-Marxist said.

"The Modi government's departure from this precedent has raised questions about the intent and motivation of the government," it said in a statement.

"The Indian Army should not be subject to any political interference."

The government on Saturday named Lt Gen Bipin Rawat as the next chief of the Indian Army, overlooking the seniority of two senior Lt Generals.

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