New Delhi: As protests against the newly announced Agnipath program continue, the Aam Aadmi party has repeatedly attacked the BJP and the central government. While Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal insisted that people were not joining the army ‘to be a guard outside the BJP office’, party MP Sanjay Singh explained the alleged disadvantages of the new program.
“Don’t disrespect the young people and the military personnel of the country so much. The young people of our country are working hard day and night to pass the physical examination, pass the test because they want to serve the country all their lives by going to the army, not because they want to be a guard outside the BJP office,” Kejriwal tweeted in response to comments made by senior BJP official Kailash Vijayvargiya.
“After 4 years, 100% of Agniveers will be expelled. Not 25%…”up to 25%”…Agniveers will have to re-apply. This number can be 2%, not necessarily 25 %,” Singh said at a press conference on Sunday afternoon. Hitting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the senior AAP leader accused the Prime Minister of turning the Indian Army into a “training center for security guards for baker“.
Echoing the reasons given by the protesters, the legislator also pointed out that those recruited under the Agnipath scheme would not be entitled to pensions or health benefits. “They won’t even get martyr status. Medical facilities won’t be available, canteen won’t be available. Whereas if someone becomes an MP or an MP, even for a day, he gets a pension for life” , Singh added.
On Saturday, AAP Rajya Sabha MP Raghav Chadha urged Defense Minister Rajnath Singh to “immediately” cancel the Agnipath program and resume the regular recruitment process for the defense services for the year underway, saying the new recruitment plan has “rightly” caused “great anguish”. among potential recruits across the country. In a letter to the Defense Minister, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader listed a host of shortcomings in the Agnipath program and said he denies “the honor of the regiment” and “erodes the quality of our troops”.