New Delhi: As the face-off between the Army chief and the government continued, the Congress Party on March 29 bluntly told Gen V.K. Singh that its patience should not be viewed as its weakness.
"It is a very sensitive issue. The country is being visited by leaders, including those from our neighboring country. There should be restraint and constraint. Our patience should not be viewed as our weakness," Congress spokes-person Renuka Chowdhury told reporters here.
She said since Gen. Singh himself has stated that the leakage of his letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should be considered as "high treason," then "scope of that will be examined.”
Chowdhury said her father is an ex-serviceman, who has always maintained that honor of the nation and integrity of the Army were more important than "indulging oneself.”
Asserting that no one would compromise on the defense preparedness of the nation, she suggested that anyone pointing fingers at the Defense Ministry was not only doubting the integrity of the government but integrity of Parliament too.
"If you are going to go to the media, then there seems to be a larger picture. We do not discuss (publicly) what we discuss with the Defense Minister. Then it evokes a response," she said.
Chowdhury said she was sure that Gen. Singh, who rose to the level of the Army chief, was "aware of the scope of his jurisprudence.”