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Congress dismisses partyman Manish Tewari's claim, says no troop movt without govt's knowledge

India TV News Desk 10 Jan 2016, 12:28:08 IST
India TV News Desk

New Delhi: Congress spokeperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi categorically denied his party colleague Manish Tewari's claim that the 2012 newspaper report concerning the troop movement towards Delhi without informing the government was true.

"It was inappropriate, unnecessary & completely wrong to suggest that there was any truth in those allegations when made," Singhvi told mediapersons.

Dismissing Tiwari's claim that he was the member of Standing Committee of Defence, Singhvi said,"My colleague was neither a member of the Cabinet Comittee on Security, nor any relevant decision making body."

He also said that some troop movements are necessary, inbuilt & inevitable part of the Defence mechanism.

Congress spokesperson PC Chacko said, "On behalf of the Congress, we want to clearly and categorically deny this report. There was no such troop movement without information of the government."

Union minister and former army Chief V K Singh, who had in 2012 dismissed the report as "absolutely stupid", also rubbished Tewari's claims saying "he has no work these days."

Tewari, former Union minister, sparked a fresh row on Saturday after he said that  2012 newspaper report concerning the troop movement towards Delhi without informing the government was true.

"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.

"I am not getting into an argument. All I am saying is that to the best of my knowledge that story was correct," said Tewari during a book launch function here.