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BJP slams Govt over CAG report

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, April 6 � Reacting to CAG reports on the defence preparedness, the BJP today said the Army has been given World War II vintage �toy-guns� to fight nuclear powers, an issue the Government is �diverting� attention from by raising the differences between the Army Chief and the Defence Minister, reports PTI.

�The CAG report points out the serious and criminal neglect of the armed forces by the Government. The Army was given weapons and guns of World War II � which are like toy-guns in front of nuclear powers � and made to face China and Pakistan,� BJP spokesperson Tarun Vijay said.

�There can be no bigger crime than this by this Government,� he added.

Vijay said this report was not the first one to indict the Congress-led Government on neglect of the defence forces.

�Two earlier CAG reports have also pointed to anomalies like shortcoming in the Navy, buying of old weapons. Artillery guns which should have been bought in 2007 had not been bought till 2011,� he said.

The BJP demanded that the Government issue a clarification and inform the people about its future course of action.

The main Opposition party alleged that instead of dealing with these shortcomings in the preparedness of defence forces, the Government is trying to divert attention from them.

�There is no debate on the information given in the CAG report and the letter written by the Army Chief on how the Army was weakened, old weapons were bought after much delay and buying of World War II and 1970s weapons. Instead the debate is being diverted towards the Army Chief, on how a few units of the Army marched towards Delhi,� Vijay said.

The BJP charged that this was a diversionary tactic on the part of the Government.

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BJP slams Govt over CAG report

NEW DELHI, April 6 � Reacting to CAG reports on the defence preparedness, the BJP today said the Army has been given World War II vintage �toy-guns� to fight nuclear powers, an issue the Government is �diverting� attention from by raising the differences between the Army Chief and the Defence Minister, reports PTI.

�The CAG report points out the serious and criminal neglect of the armed forces by the Government. The Army was given weapons and guns of World War II � which are like toy-guns in front of nuclear powers � and made to face China and Pakistan,� BJP spokesperson Tarun Vijay said.

�There can be no bigger crime than this by this Government,� he added.

Vijay said this report was not the first one to indict the Congress-led Government on neglect of the defence forces.

�Two earlier CAG reports have also pointed to anomalies like shortcoming in the Navy, buying of old weapons. Artillery guns which should have been bought in 2007 had not been bought till 2011,� he said.

The BJP demanded that the Government issue a clarification and inform the people about its future course of action.

The main Opposition party alleged that instead of dealing with these shortcomings in the preparedness of defence forces, the Government is trying to divert attention from them.

�There is no debate on the information given in the CAG report and the letter written by the Army Chief on how the Army was weakened, old weapons were bought after much delay and buying of World War II and 1970s weapons. Instead the debate is being diverted towards the Army Chief, on how a few units of the Army marched towards Delhi,� Vijay said.

The BJP charged that this was a diversionary tactic on the part of the Government.