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Varun Gandhi Slams Kailash Vijayvargiya For His “Agniveers For Security Jobs At BJP Office” Remark

Aiming to defend the Centre's Agnipath scheme, BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya makes a remark of giving priority to Agniveers while appointing a secuirty guard at party office.

BJP General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya (File Photo | PTI)

Indore: BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya on Sunday attracts controversy after his remark about providing job priority as a security guard at BJP party office to those who have served as Agniveers. His remark was aimed to defend the Centre’s short-term recruitment scheme ‘Agnipath’.

His remark aggravated various prominent political leaders including BJP MP Varun Gandhi. Taking the matter to social media, Varun Gandhi shared a short clip of Vijayvargiya making the controversial remark.

Pilibhit MP questioned his statement and wrote in Hindi, “The great army, whose heroic tales are can not be said in words, whose valour is resonant in the whole world, an invitation to that Indian soldier to do ‘chowkidari’ of a political party office, congratulations to the one who gave it. Indian Army is a medium to serve Mother Bharati, not just a ‘job’. (Roughly translated)

Besides him Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also slammed the statement made by Vijayvargiya and termed it as an insult of the youth and army personnel of the country.

“Do not disrespect the youth and army personnel of the country so much. The youth of our country work hard day and night to pass the physical exam and clear test because they want to serve the country and not because they want to be a guard outside the BJP office,” Kejriwal said in a tweet. (Roughly translated)

Earlier, the Madhya Pradesh Congress demanded an apology from the BJP for “insulting” the defence forces.

Under fire for the statement, Vijayvargiya later said what he meant was that the excellence of Agniveers will be utilised in whichever field they choose after completing service in the defence forces. He also accused the “toolkit gang” of twisting his remark to insult the “Karmveer”, cited in a report by news agency PTI.

However, top brasses of the armed forces made these statements during the tri-service media briefing aiming to clear out all the miscommunications, confusion and doubts about the new short-term recruitment scheme, where they explained why the country needs this policy.

Lieutenant General Anil Puri pointed out the importance of this reform to fill the armed forces with youth.

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