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Army chief must not speak on politics: Farooq

Jul 16, 2010 12:29 PM IST Politics Politics
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New Delhi: National Conference President and Union Minister for Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah has launched a scathing attack on Indian Army Chief General VK Singh for criticising the Omar Abdullah government.

"I think the Army Chief should never make statements. Army Chief is there to keep silent and his job is to see that the Army is alert and ready, he has not to make political statements and I am totally against any army chief or police chief making political statements. Political statements should come from politicians, who can answer in the assembly and who can answer in Parliament," Farooq said.

Farooq made the statement when asked by Karan Thapar on CNN-IBN's Devil's Advocate if the Army Chief was wrong when he said that at critical moments the state government had lost confidence and hadn't built on the gains of the 2008 elections.

The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister also dismissed as totally baseless, the speculation that he was going back to the state as the chief minister and that his sone Omar would move to the Centre in his place.

"(It) is totally wrong is totally baseless. I want to make it very clear through your channel that there is no such thing," he said about speculation that he are waiting to go back as the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir.

"That is a wrong notion. The day I handed over this to him (Omar), I told him very clearly, it is him, the future rests in his hands and he must deliver to the people that I have not been able to deliver," he said.

Farooq admitted that he had not been able to deliver what he had promised to the people of the state and claimed that Omar was making up for what he could not do.

When asked if he saw Omar capable of fulfilling the lapses he left uncovered, Farooq replied, "Yes, I am sure he will do that. I am sure."