Rahul ticks off Dikshit for remarks on Army chief

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"'Sadak ka gunda'? Is that the language a senior politician uses against our Army chief?" she asked. Saying the Army should "never be politicised", Mr Gandhi said: "Political leaders should not make statements about the Army Chief".

Joshi said Dikshit has already said that they are his personal remark and the Congress party has nothing to do with this.

"I thought Indian Army chiefs normally don't make these statements and they have a different manner in which they approach". His remarks had stirred a controversy with him as well as the party receiving backlash. We condemn the Congress and demand that Sonia Gandhi come out and disown the leader insulting the army. Under severe fire, Dikshit retracted his remarks and apologised through a tweet.

Union Minister of state Nirmala Sitharaman expressed shock that the Congress leader could call the Army chief a "Sadak ka goonda (street goon)".

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Former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's son Sandeep, however, was publicly snubbed by Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi at a function in Bengaluru on Monday. "So I apologise for it and withdraw my statement", said Dikshit. That comment was made in a specific context and the matter should end there. They have questioned army's integrity.

She also condemned Rahul Gandhi's khoon ki dalali comment.

Congress spokesperson Meem Afzal said, "Our party respects the Army and so does the country".

Facing flak, the Congress has already distanced itself from Dikshit's remarks, over which the BJP had demanded his expulsion from the organisation and its President Sonia Gandhi's apology. "If some words have been used for its chief, it is unfortunate". "It looks bad when our Army chief gives a statement like a "sadak ka goonda". Then, I would have been happy. She went on to add the Congress leadership had allowed many of its leaders to go "haywire", and that there was a "pattern in it".