V K Singh not keen on joining politics

V K Singh

Former Army Chief Gen V K Singh has shown disinterest in joining politics as he feels that the present system is such that good people may not enter it.

"I have a small mission - Reclaim India. I want to raise awareness among the people. Moreover, the present political system is such that good people may not enter politics. That does not mean, all those who are in politics are bad," Singh

said on a TV programme.

"This country has given me the best for the last 42 years and I want to give something back to my country," he added.

The retired general said there should be three requisites for a good politician good image with no criminal case pending, capability and the motivation to serve the nation and society.

Asked why he had attended a rally with INLD chief Om Prakash Chautala, who is in jail on corruption charges, he said he did it to celebrate the birth anniversary of Chautala's father Chaudhary Devi Lal.

"Devi Lal ji is the main figure who introduced Old Age Pension in Haryana years before other states started the scheme. He also waived tax on poor people's bicycles. If Chautala was there because of his father, I can't push him out," Singh said.

He also said that he had no ambition to become a governor or ambassador.

"Had I wanted to become a governor or an ambassador, I could have stayed silent on the Tatra truck scam. Rs 26 lakh worth trucks were being sold to the Army for Rs 1 crore. Most of the bureaucrats, approaching retirement, agree to whatever they are asked to. I am not that sort of man," Singh said.

He also said that he belongs to those group of men who are ready to stand up and fight injustice.

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