CPI slams govt., demands transparency in Army Chief's appointment

| Updated: Dec 18, 2016 18:08 IST

New Delhi [India], Dec. 18 (ANI): Expressing disappointment over the controversy surrounding all high-level appointments during the NDA regime, the Communist Party of India (CPI) on Sunday said that transparency should go along with integrity in the appointment of new Army Chief, adding the decision is not in the interest of democracy. "This is very unfortunate that the appointments in Army have become controversial. All the top-level appointments are becoming controversial. Transparency should go along with integrity and nobody should raise question. Now, questions are being raised and it is not new," CPI leader D. Raja told ANI. The CPI leader demanded a justification from the Centre and Defence Ministry over the new appointment of new Army Chief. "It is very unfortunate. This is not in the interest of our democracy, our country and of course there should be transparency. It is a question about the Army and not about any political party. Army belongs to the whole country and the nation should be convinced," he said. Earlier on Saturday, the government announced the name of Lieutenant General Rawat as the new Chief of Army Staff and Air Marshal B.S. Dhanoa as the new Chief of Air Staff. Lieutenant General Rawat, who took over as the Army vice-chief in September 2016, bypassed Eastern Command chief Lieutenant General Praveen Bakshi (armoured corps) and Southern Army Command chief Lieutenant General PM Hariz (mechanised infantry). Lieutenant General Rawat has remarkable experience of serving in combat areas and at various functional levels in the Indian Army over the last three decades. He has handled various operational responsibilities in many areas, including along the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan, the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China and in the North-East. He is known for his balanced approach towards soldiering, compassion, and his connect with the civil society. (ANI)