New Delhi, July 3: Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha and Congress MP Rahul Gandhi has slammed Defence Minister Rajnath Singh over the controversial Agnipath scheme for recruitment of Agniveren into the armed forces. In a statement issued on X on Wednesday, Rahul Gandhi accused Rajnath Singh of misleading Parliament over the Agnipath scheme.

In fact, during Rahul Gandhi’s maiden speech in the Lok Sabha on Monday, Rajnath Singh had interrupted him and alleged that the Congress MP was deliberately misinforming the House. The Defence Minister had claimed that each martyr in the Indian Army covered under this scheme would receive compensation of over Rs 1 crore. Rahul Gandhi attacks NDA govt over Agniveer plan, says Agniveer is a ‘profiteer’; Rajnath Singh reacts (Watch videos).

Rahul Gandhi accuses Rajnath Singh of lying over compensation

“Protection of truth is the foundation of every religion. But Defence Minister Rajnath Singh lied in Parliament about the help provided to the family of a martyred Agniveer,” Rahul Gandhi wrote on X.

The Congress leader intensified his criticism of the Defence Minister by sharing a video of an interview with Shaheed Ajay Singh’s father, who stated that “their family had not received any compensation” from the central government.

In the video, Rahul Gandhi also showed a picture of Lord Shiva, which he had displayed in the Lok Sabha on Monday. He alleged that Rajnath Singh had lied about the picture of Shivji. Rahul Gandhi targets govt over Agniveer plan, Rajnath Singh says Congress leader misleading Lok Sabha (Watch video)

Rahul Gandhi also accused the Defence Minister of misleading Parliament regarding the assistance provided to the family of martyr Agniveer. He alleged that the martyr’s father Ajay Singh had exposed these lies by demanding an apology from Rajnath Singh to Parliament, the nation, the armed forces and the bereaved families.

Rahul Gandhi, who has been critical of the Agnipath scheme, reiterated his opposition in his maiden speech as Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha. He accused the government of creating divisions among soldiers by providing pensions to some and not to others, saying, “Agniveer is a disposable commodity. One soldier gets pension while another does not. You are fueling divisions among soldiers.”

Rajnath Singh refuted Rahul Gandhi’s allegations and accused him of spreading misinformation. He also stressed that the government is providing Rs 1 crore in compensation to the families of the martyred Agniveers.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also shared Rahul Gandhi’s video through her X username and said, “When Leader of Opposition Rahul Gandhi raised the Agniveer issue, the BJP government responded with lies in Parliament.

“By lying, they insulted the sacrifice and martyrdom of families who gave their sons for the nation. Is this the nationalism of the BJP? The Prime Minister owes the nation an apology for lying and disrespecting the martyrs.”

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Jul 3, 2024 11:15 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website