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Omar Abdullah Doubles Back On Highlighting Purported 'letter By Veterans To President', Says Document Has No Credibility After Former Officers Deny Ever Signing It

Written By Monica Aggarwal | Mumbai | Published:

Amid the controversy over few Army veterans denying writing an alleged letter to President Kovind against the politicisation of armed forces during elections, former J&K CM and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah has taken to Twitter stating that while the message in the letter 'very valid', but it should have been signed by people who had expressed consent. 

In the first tweet, Omar Abdullah there is no 'credibility left' over the letter "claiming to have signatures/consent of a number of illustrious former armed services officers, only to have some deny they ever consented to the letter":

In another tweet, the NC leader exclaimed that he "undid his retweets" after realising that some officers whose names had been affixed to the letter have denied having anything to do with it: 

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On Friday, several Army veterans denied signing the purported letter to the President, urging him to stop the politicisation of armed forces in the election campaigns by political leaders.

Former Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) of the Indian Army, General SF Rodrigues, whose name appears as the first signatory in the purported letter written by armed forces veterans to President, denies signing it. 

Former Chief of Air Staff of the Indian Air Force, Air Chief Marshal NC Suri, whose name appears on the 8th position stated that the letter is not written by Admiral Ramdas, but has been written by Major Chaudhary, adding that he had been misquoted. 

Former Army Vice Chief Lt General ML Naidu, who is mentioned at 20th in the list in the letter, said, "No, my consent has not been taken for any such letter and neither have I written any such letter."

In the purported letter, the military veterans said it was a matter of considerable concern and disquiet among both the serving and the retired personnel that the armed forces are being used to pursue political agenda.

"We refer, Sir, to the unusual and completely unacceptable practice of political leaders taking credit for military operations like cross-border strikes and even going so far as to claim the armed forces to be 'Modi ji ki sena'," the veterans wrote.