Distancing the Congress from former party MP Sandeep Dikshit's controversial remarks against Bipin Rawat, party vice-president Rahul Gandhi said: "No politician should make comments against the Army chief". Speaking at an event in Bengaluru, Rahul said, "Ye bilkul galat hai, Army Chief ke baare mein rajnetik logon ko comment karne ki zaroorat nahi hai (This is absolutely wrong, there is no need for political leaders to comment about the Army chief)".
Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju had also slammed Dikshit over his remarks and wrote on Twitter, "What's wrong with Congress Party? I thought Indian Army chiefs normally don't make these statements and they have a different manner in which they approach", Dikshit told ANI.
Dikshit on Sunday said, "Ours is not a mafia army like in Pakistan which makes statements like goons on streets".
The minister also referred to Rahul's "khoon kidalali" barb at Modi previous year. He also said the Indian Army had depth and was gentlemanly and as it was a great institution, it brought along a particular culture with it. "The views expressed by him are not the party's views", he said, adding, the "Congress Party believes in "ahimha" (non-violence)".
Dikshit had called the Army Chief a "goon" after General Rawat had remained unperturbed about academician Partha Chatterjee comparing him with General Dyer, the infamous British General who had ordered the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.. "They should apologise. Sonia Gandhi should issue an apology letter".
He had claimed there had been a consistent effort by the Congress to malign the Indian Army.
"The Indian National Congress has always stood by the demands of Indian army including the last one on which they were agitating for one rank and one pension". Then, I would have been happy.