New Delhi [India], Nov. 2 : Expressing ire over not being allowed to meet the kin of ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal, who allegedly committed suicide over the delay in implementation of the One Rank, One Pension (OROP) scheme, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over this strange behaviour.
"Let's see how long I have to wait here. I am certain that I will talk to the family. This is a strange behaviour. This is Modi's ji's country," he told ANI after being denied permission to visit the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.
Meanwhile, Special Commissioner Mukesh Kumar Meena told the media here that Rahul Gandhi has been detained for trying to enter the hospital despite being advised otherwise.
"It is a hospital and not a place for demonstration. Rahul Gandhi detained at Mandir Marg Police Station for 'disruption of duty'. Democracy doesn't mean creating obstruction. Leaders must also understand that hospital is not the place to hold any demonstrations," he added. Grewal consumed poison last afternoon. However, the cause behind Grewal's suicide is yet to be ascertained. RGandhi detained at Mandir Marg PS for 'disruption of duty'after he wasn't allowed to enter RML hosp to meet ex-serviceman's family Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will be visiting Grewal's family in Bhiwani, Haryana, later in the day.
Grewal's son Jaswant urged the government to look into the matter. "My father sacrificed for the nation. He was demanding the One Rank, One Pension. The Modi Government should think about this," he said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while celebrating the Diwali with the army and ITBP personnel in Sumdo, Kinnaur, had said that the first instalment of nearly Rs.
5,500 crore has been paid for implementing the OROP scheme. The Prime Minister also asserted that he has "fulfilled the promise" which he made to ex-servicemen on the issue that has been hanging fire for the last 40 years.
OROP scheme has been a long-standing demand of nearly three-million ex-servicemen and war widows in the country.
It seeks to ensure that a uniform pension is paid to defence personnel, who retire at the same rank with the same length of service irrespective of their date of retirement.