As ongoing protests against the Centre’s Agnipath scheme has gripped the nation, Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) general secretary, Kailash Vijayvargiya, stirred controversy on Sunday, 19 June, by saying that he would prioritise hiring Agniveer soldiers as security personnel for the party office.
Addressing a press conference, the leader said, “Under the Agnipath scheme, the youth would develop qualities like discipline and obedience, which would benefit them in their lives even after the completion of the service period.”
The comment has received heavy backlash from the Opposition. While Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Supremo Arvind Kejriwal expressed anger over the disrespect of the youth and the army, Congress leaders accused Vijayvargiya of insulting soldiers.
The Centre, on Tuesday, introduced Agnipath – a short-term Defence employment scheme through which soldiers will be selected in the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force on a contractual basis for four years. The jawans recruited under the aforementioned scheme would be called ‘Agniveers’.
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