Published On : Mon, Aug 31st, 2015

Jethmalani joins OROP war, calls Jaitley enemy of nation


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New Delhi: After the high-profile daughter of Gen V K Singh, Minister in Modi Government surprised the corridors of power by visiting the venue of fast agitation launched by ex-servicemen for early implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP), eminent Supreme Court lawyer Ram Jethmalani on Monday joined defence veterans protesting over delay in OROP at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. Ex-servicemen have been protesting for 78 days with 10 being on fast-unto-death and many on relay hunger strike.

The former Bharatiya Janata Party leader has been at loggerheads with the Modi Government for some time. He had been critical about the government’s efforts in tackling black money.

Jethmalani was very critical of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. “Finance Minister is your enemy and the enemy of the nation. They might go to court against me.”

Jethmalani said, “I have come here to assure you all support and help you on your cause. I want to fight the evil forces that have entered into our political system. I’ve no other ambition left in life except to return love and affection. The politicians unfortunately have let down the entire nation.”

One Rank One Pension scheme has been a long-standing demand of nearly 3 million ex-servicemen and war widows in the country. It seeks to ensure that a uniform pension is paid to defence personnel who retire at the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement.