Former Army chief and Bharatiya Janata Party candidate General VK Singh has hit back at Aam Aadmi Party Ghaziabad candidate Shazia Ilmi for her remarks against him. General Singh said that the AAP is making irresponsible statements without knowing the facts.
“The AAP seems to have made a habit of making irresponsible statements with apparently little or no compulsion to stick with the truth. These hit-and-run tactics need to be questioned by the Election Commission, a body which is doing a difficult job in these trying times in an attempt to maintain some sense of decorum and decency in a scenario that at times veers off into a complete free-fall,” General Singh said in a statement.
This came after Shazia Ilmi on Monday took on the BJP for giving a Lok Sabha ticket to General Singh, saying it had set a wrong precedent. Ilmi said that although every citizen has a right to get involved in active politics after retirement, the way the Bharatiya Janata Party was projecting Singh “is posing a dangerous trend”.
“We have seen the fate of Pakistan… and the BJP is encouraging such trends in India for its narrow political aims,” the Aam Aadmi Party leader told the media in Ghaziabad.
Regarding VK Singh’s comment that the AAP was “anti-national”, Ilmi mocked at the former general for forgetting even his date of birth. “What can we expect from him?” She recalled that he had once published an article in a newspaper praising AAP leader and former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.