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Rahul links Rafale with OROP, says soldiers are dying when Modi Govt gives crores to businessmen


New Delhi, With the ex-servicemen demanding the implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday alleged that Narendra Modi government has gone back on its promise to implement the scheme. During an interaction with retired military people at the AICC headquarters, Mr Gandhi raked up the controversial Rafale fighter jet deal and said the Modi government’s approach towards military personnel is questionable. Talking to mediapersons after the interaction, Mr Gandhi said the Modi government’s ‘non-strategic’ approach in Jammu and Kashmir cost the lives of soldiers, and he linked this approach by the government to the Rafale deal. “The link is that a businessman can be given Rs 30,000 crore by the government for doing nothing, but the government cannot give OROP”, Mr Gandhi said. Along with former Defence Minister AK Antony, AICC general secretary Ashok Gehlot and AICC spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala, Mr Gandhi heard the problems raised by ex-servicemen in an hour long interaction. The retired military persons pointed out the problems they are facing related to OROP scheme, and Rafale deal. As the ex-servicemen handed over two memorandums to Mr Gandhi, Mr Surjewala said the Congress president will take up the issue in detail and AICC manifesto committee chairman P Chidambaram will interact with the ex-servicemen soon. “We had a very constructive meeting today. A couple of things came up. The ex-servicemen clearly said that OROP has not been implemented by the Prime Minister. We are standing in solidarity with these people”, said Mr Gandhi. When the UPA government was in power, they had accepted the demand to implement the OROP scheme and later Modi government also announced that it will implement the scheme.

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