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Lok Sabha Polls 2019: Former Vice Chief of Army Sarath Chand joins BJP; lauds PM Modi

What can be dubbed as a big Catch for the Bharatiya Janata Party days before crucial national elections 2019, Former Vice Chief of Army Staff Lt. General (r) Sarath Chand joined the ruling Saffron Party on Saturday. While terming BJP as the first choice for ‘Faujis’ Army Veteran joined the party in the presence of Union Minister Sushma Swaraj.

‘No other party has helped the Army that much as BJP did’, he said while lauding the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He added that he never thought that he will join any political outfit, however, there is a need for strong Leadership. ‘I want to serve the nation in whatever ways possible, and I am highly inspired by the strong leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’.

However, the party has not announced whether the veteran army man will contest the mega battle of ballots or not.

Union Minister Sushma Swaraj on the occasion lauded him for his service to the nation. He has served the nation for over 38 years.

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It should be noteworthy that he has criticized the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Central Government being the Vice Chief of Army Staff, He had been a Vice Chief of Army Staff from January 2017 to June 2018. He while addressing a parliamentary committee on Defence lashed out at Centre for not allowing enough resources for Modernization of Defence Equipment.

He had in 2018 awarded Param Vishisht Sewa Medal (PVSM).

During Operation Pawan in Sri Lanka in 1987, Veteran Army Staff had led a company. Apart from this, he also had commanded a company in the Kargil sector.

He had also been the General-Officer-Commanding in Chief of the Indian Army Jaipur headquartered South Western Command.

Sarath Chand was commissioned into Garhwal riffles in 1979 and retired as the Vice Chief of Army Staff in June 2018.


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