Former Army Chief Gen. VK Singh will be joining BJP soon. Gen. Singh had been actively participating in the Anti Corruption/ Jan Lok Pal movement of Anna Hazare. Though he had not shown any direct inclination to enter politics till recently, a meeting he attended where Narendra Modi was also present started speculations on his intentions.
Gen VK Singh openly criticized Congress government as having interfered in his duties, especially the PM Office after his retirement. He had already dragged the government to court over his official age and retirement date. This acrimony made him the first serving army chief to go to court against his own government, though the SC’s verdict went against him.
In what could add to the embarrassment of Congress over many military, bureaucrats preferring BJP, VK Singh could particularly prove harmful as he served with the government till recently. The Election Commission in the recent times asked for a restriction time imposed for bureaucrats, police personnel and military officials from joining political parties. The Supreme Court held the request untenable as it would infringe on the citizenship right of the person.