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Is former Army Chief VK Singh paying price for sharing dais with Modi?
Former Army Chief General VK Singh, who hails from Haryana, had recently shared stage with Gujarat Chief Minister and BJPs Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi at a public rally of ex-servicemen in Haryana's Rewari District.

Earlier VK Singh had joined a meeting organised by Indian National Lok Dal to celebrate birthday of former deputy Prime Minister late Devilal. He is close to Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev. It was believed that Congress didn't like General VK Singh's move to join BJP rally. It is also widely believed that he will contest Loksabha polls from Hayana on an anti-Congress platform.

Highly placed sources said that Prime Minister Monamohan is in dilemma on how to handle this sensitive issue concerning national security and moral of armed forces. At the same time he is also under pressure from top Congress leaders for ordering probe as it will check VK Singh's activities.

Another point of view put by defence experts is to close the issue secret intelligence unit as more skeletons will come if any inquiry is ordered. One section of Congress leadership also shares this view while saying that political damage to BJP and Narander Modi has been done and purpose is served.

Former army chief VK Singh and present chief General Bikram Singh had old animosity as there were allegations although not substantiated that General VK Singh has tried to sabotage the prospects of General Bikram Singh's elevation to the top post.

After taking over as Army Chief, General Bikram Singh has started digging old skeletons from cupboard to fix General VK Singh as it would serve dual purpose of pleasing the Govt. and settling old scores.

Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda is liberal in obliging army chiefs. He has allotted residential plots at highly subsidised rates to General Deepak Kapoor at Gurgaon from his discretionary quota. Plot allotted can not be sold up to a specific time limit and Deepak Kapoor has sought Govt.'s permission to sell it before expiry of stipulated period which was not given due to media exposure.

Immediately after General Bikram Singh's meeting with Hooda, a national English daily carried a front page banner news titled 'Unit set up by VK Singh used secret funds to try and topple J&K Govt.' accusing General Singh of trying to topple Omar Abdullah led Jammu and Kashmir Govt. by using funds from secret funds of Technical Service Division created by Singh. The story mentioned that Govt. is likely to order army inquiry into the allegations.

As expected story invited reactions from Congress, BJP,  VK Singh, National Conference and J&K minister Gulam Hassan, who was accused of receiving funds to topple the Govt. While questioning the timing of the story, BJP said that it was political vendetta whereas Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tiwari described it extremely serious thing adding that if any person serving or retired is found guilty then action will be taken.

VK Singh while describing reports about vendetta said that he was consulting his legal advisers to take future course of action. National Conference has demanded CBI probe and minister accused of accepting money has denied the allegations.

It is interesting to mention here that Editor-in-Chief of the news paper is close friend of Hooda since college days from Rohtak.The same paper has earlier carried a front page story speculating that VK Singh has tried to stage a coup against the Union Govt. by rushing armed units to Delhi when he was fighting a court case against the Govt. over his date of birth issue.

VK Singh has described the reports rubbish calling army units movement as routine exercise. VK Singh reacting to the story has said that it is simple vendetta as some people are not comfortable with him for sharing dias with Narend Modi to expose the cause of ex-servicemen in the country.

In a TV debate on a channel former Army General's lawyer Vishavjit had openly accused the said newspaper of launching a malicious campaign against his client. This has put VK Singh and BJP in embarrassing position although both have accused Congress of political vendetta.

During the debate retired Lt. General and defence expert Parshad said that it has damaged the reputation of Army and investigations should reach to logical conclusion to clear the dust. BJP has accused Congress of destroying the institution and playing in foreign hands for political gains adding that army operations are secret.

Some retired Generals have also not relished the issue arguing that conditions in Jammu and Kashmir are hostile with Pakistan encouraging terrorists using unfair means. In such atmosphere some time army has to act in national interest which should not be put in public domain. 

The so called top secret report leveling allegations against VK Singh was reportedly submitted to Defense Minister AK Antony sometimes back in March this year. Report remained buried under the carpet and all of a sudden it appeared in media after VK Singh joined Modi's rally.

BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitaraman has questioned the timing of the report. According to English daily's report Defence Minister Antony has instructed that the report be brought to the notice of the PMO. 

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