High voltage drama played out in the national capital in the afternoon with the Congress Youth Wing taking to the streets against the ruling government over One Rank One Pension (OROP).
The agitators demanded the ruling government and PM Narendra Modi to implement the rightful OROP and give the veterans their financial dues.
They held placards which read ‘Congress ke nare, Jai Kisan Jai Jawan. Modi ke nare, Maro Kisan Maro Jawan’.
“We demand that ex-servicemen be given their rightful dues. OROP should be implemented. The ex-servicemen in our country are so frustrated with the current government that they are forced to commit suicide,” a Congress Youth Wing protester said.
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PROTESTERS BREAK BARRIERS, BURN EFFIGY
Protesters broke barriers while the police used water cannon to control the mob.
An effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Home Minister Rajnath Singh was burnt by the protesters on Raisina Road.
This is the third consecutive day that the Congress been agitating over ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal’s suicide.
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Grewal consumed poison and died on Tuesday evening. He spoke to his son minutes before he consumed the poison and said he was unhappy with the way the government was implementing the OROP scheme.
Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi met ex-servicemen earlier today.
After the meeting, he addressed the media and said Modi was lying and that the OROP dues received by the veterans were merely an increment and not what they deserved.