July 19, 2019 | 6:13 AM IST
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Army chiefs refuse writing letter to Prez over politicising of army in LS campaigning

Former Air Force chief NC Suri and former Army chief General SF Rodrigues have denied writing a letter to President Ram Nath Kovind expressing displeasure over the politicisation of armed forces during the Lok Sabha elections. New has been afloat that about 150 Indian armed force veterans – Army, Navy and Air Force- have supposedly urged the President urging him to stop politicians from using the defence forces for political gains.

In fact, Air Marshall Suri has written another letter to the President's office clarifying his stance. General SF Rodrigues said he had no idea about the letter and called it fake.

"Don't know what it (letter) is all about. All my life, we have been apolitical. After 42 years as an officer, it's a little late to change. Always put India first. Don't know who these people are, but this is a classic manifestation of fake news," said General SF Rodrigues (retired).

The controversial letter which was made public on Thursday urged Kovind to "take all necessary steps to urgently direct all political parties that they must forthwith desist from using the military, military uniforms or symbols, and any actions by military formations or personnel, for political purposes or to further their political agendas".

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