Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, on 3 November, backed the Centre and asserted that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has fulfilled its promise in implementing One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme.
The Haryana CM also sparked a controversy and said that the ex-serviceman who committed suicide cannot be branded as a 'martyr', as brave soldiers do not take their own lives.
This was the second shocker after Union Minister VK Singh's incendiary remark calling for a probe on the mental condition of ex-soldier Ram Kishan Grewal who allegedly committed suicide over OROP.
"Martyrs are those who give their lives for the nation. Committing suicide does not give you the title of a martyr. He committed suicide for personal reasons. Our Prime Minister implemented the OROP unlike the Congress who failed to do so side. No brave soldier ever commits suicide," said Khattar.
Earlier, VK Singh raised a storm for a second time by claiming that the deceased veteran was a Congress worker.
"He was a Congress worker and who fought Sarpanch election on Congress ticket. His suicide is unfortunate," he said.
The minister also raised questions about the manner in which Grewal committed suicide saying, "Also, how did he procure Sulpha tablets and who gave it to him?"