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New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kailash Vijayvargiya said his party would give priority to discharged Agniveers while hiring security guards at the party office, drawing flak from several politicians.
The BJP leader on Sunday, June 19 was criticised by the Opposition as well his own party MP Varun Gandhi for suggesting that he will give priority to ‘Agniveers’ for security jobs at the BJP’s office.
#WATCH | I will give preference to an Agniveer to hire him as security in BJP office, even you can…People have faith in armymen: BJP National General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya in Indore, Madhya Pradesh pic.twitter.com/6NQoXw2nFv
— ANI (@ANI) June 19, 2022
After his comment was met with criticism, Vijayvargiya alleged that the “toolkit gang” was twisting his words. He added that all he meant was that the “excellence of these soldiers will be utilised in whichever field they go to after completing their tenure”.
Addressing a press conference at the BJP office in Indore on Sunday, Vijayvargiya made the remarks while defending the Union government’s Agnipath scheme on four-year contractual military recruitment that has sparked protests in many parts of the country and is being questioned by many parties.
“Discipline and obeying orders are key in the armed forces… Assuming that he (Agniveer) joins the armed forces at the age of 21, he will still be 25 by the time he leaves the force. He will have Rs 11 lakh cash in his hand. He will also be displaying the Agniveer medal on his chest,” he said.
“If I have to have a security (guard) here in this BJP office, I will give priority to an Agniveer,” he added.
His remarks were widely criticised by many on social media.
”Our great army’s heroic tales cannot be expressed with mere words, and its valour echoes in the entire world,” Varun Gandhi, the BJP MP from Pilibhit who has been expressing views divergent from the party’s stand, said. He accused the BJP national general secretary of offering the job of a chowkidar (watchman) to soldiers after retirement.
“Indian Army is a means to serve mother India, not merely a job,” Gandhi said.
जिस महान सेना की वीर गाथाएँ कह सकने में समूचा शब्दकोश असमर्थ हो, जिनके पराक्रम का डंका समस्त विश्व में गुंजायमान हो, उस भारतीय सैनिक को किसी राजनीतिक दफ़्तर की ‘चौकीदारी’ करने का न्यौता, उसे देने वाले को ही मुबारक।
भारतीय सेना माँ भारती की सेवा का माध्यम है, महज एक ‘नौकरी’ नहीं। pic.twitter.com/Ehq0rwx0zV
— Varun Gandhi (@varungandhi80) June 19, 2022
Taking a swipe at Vijayvargiya, Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal said, “The youth of this country works hard to join the Army because they want to serve the nation, not to be a guard outside the BJP office later.”
देश के युवाओं और सेना के जवानों का इतना अपमान मत करो।
हमारे देश के युवा दिन-रात मेहनत करके फ़िज़िकल पास करते हैं, टेस्ट पास करते हैं, क्योंकि वो फ़ौज में जाकर पूरा जीवन देश की सेवा करना चाहते हैं, इसलिए नहीं कि वो BJP के दफ़्तर के बाहर गार्ड लगना चाहते हैं। https://t.co/PQ8B30FYHz
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) June 19, 2022
(With PTI inputs)