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Lt Gen Bipin Rawat named next Indian Army Chief

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New Delhi: Superseding two senior most officials, Lieutenant General Bipin Rawat has been named as the new Chief of Indian Army while Air Marshal BS Dhanoa has been appointed as the new Indian Air Force head, Defence Ministry announcement on Saturday.

With the development, political controversies have surfaced as both Congress and the left front have questioned the Centre’s decision on bypassing two more senior officials to appoint Rawat.

“Why senior people were superseded and the fourth in line has been named as new Army chief,” said Congress Spokesperson Manish Tiwari.

Similarly, CPI leader D Raja said when the army belongs to the whole country the government should answer how these appointments have been made.

Meanwhile the ruling party defended its decision saying that bringing armed forces into political debate will hurt the morale. That was not patriotic.

Government sources said Rawat is the most suitable person to leads the post and fight cross border tensions both from west and north east.

The appointment of Rawat has ignored the principle of seniority as Eastern Army Commander, Lt. Gen. Praveen Bakshi and Southern Army Commander, Lt. Gen. P.M. Hariz had spent longer in service. Bakshi was also not appointed Vice Chief when the post fell vacant in September and Rawat was brought in from the Southern Command.

Notably, Lt Gen. Rawat and Air Marshal Dhanoa, presently the Vice Chiefs of their respective services, will take over on December 31, when incumbents Gen. Dalbir Singh and Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha finish their two year tenure.

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