Troop movement row: Tewari remains firm as Cong offers divided reactions
Chandigarh: Following the uproar over his comment, former information and broadcasting minister Manish Tewari yesterday remained firm on his stand, saying that the Raisina Hill incident was reported correctly by the Indian Express in 2012 and said that nothing 'needed to be added or subtracted' from his statement.
Manish Tewari. File Pic
"I have nothing more to add or subtract to what I said yesterday," said Tewari when asked to react on the furore over his comment. However, the Congress Party appears to be a divided house over his assertion on the story.
Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi flatly refused to be aligned with Tewari and reiterated the clarification that some troop movement is necessary, inbuilt and an inevitable part of the defence mechanism.
He asserted that his 'valued colleague' was neither a member of the Cabinet Committee on Security not part of the relevant decision making bodies. "Therefore, it was 'inappropriate, unnecessary and completely wrong' to suggest that there was truth in those allegations," Singhvi added.
Mumbai: Countering Manish Tewari's claims, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad yesterday said the Army had already denied the report when the UPA was in power. "The Army denied (the media report) in 2012 itself when the UPA government was in power," said Prasad.
Speaking about a news item on troops' movement published by The Indian Express in 2012, Manish Tewari had said on Saturday, "At that time, I used to serve in the Standing Committee of Defence. And it's unfortunate, but the story was true. The story was correct," he said.
Tewari has nothing to do, says VK Singh
New Delhi: MoS for External Affairs, VK Singh, and the then Army Chief General dismissed Manish Tewari's remarks
and said, "Manish Tewari ji has nothing to do these days. There is this book of mine, ask him to read it and everything will be
clear to him."