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Indian Army grounds for BJP Youth Wing’s convention, irritates Army Men

In a letter dated 13 October, the office of the General Officer Commanding (GOC) granted the use of Bison Polo Ground till 28 October and Parade Ground from 23 to 28 October.

In response  Ex-Army men were furious  after Ministry of Defence granted permission to the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), the youth wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party, to hold its national convention inside Secunderabad Cantonment in Hyderabad.

Indian Army Servicemen have voiced their dissatisfaction on social media about using military grounds for political purposes.

One Army man Rohit Agarwal tweeted that it was wrong to use political rallies inside a Cantt, while adding that senior officers do not take a stand against the same.

Major DP Singh in a tweet asked for Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to put a check on the situation.

In his reply to major Singh, Colonel DPK Pillay sarcastically said that at least the barracks and messes have not been leased so far. He also quoted Tennyson to suggest that soldiers do not have a choice in these matters.

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor questioned the use of the Army grounds for the convention, and tweeted that it was disgraceful to do the same.

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