New Delhi, Apr. 15: Former chief of army staff, General J.J. Singh has rubbished former media advisor of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Sanjay Baru’s claim that the peace initiative in Saichen did not get support from Defence Minister A.K. Antony, then minister and now President Pranab Mukherjee and Singh, which he has made in his book ‘The Accidental Prime Minister.’
According to the Hindustan Times, General Singh has clarified that the government’s position on Siachen was based on strategic considerations and advice given by the army.
He also said it was irresponsible on Baru’s part to make such claims.
Bharatiya Janata Party prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Sunday demanded a clarification from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh if there was any foreign pressure on him to “hand over Siachen to enemies”.
BJP also hit out at Congress Presient Sonia Gandhi, on Saturday attacked Congress President Sonia Gandhi regarding her alleged involvement in an apparent deal related to the military conflict region, Siachen.
“The book says that there was some kind of deal agreed completely with the participation of Mrs. Sonia Gandhi and General J.J Singh. Was there a deal struck at all? What was the understanding on Siachen? Was there an attempt to somehow give it away? Or was there an attempt to have a swap of some kind? What is the matter related to Siachen? It is very critical to the national security matter. It is important matter of Indian national security network and border related issue,” said spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman. (ANI)