New Delhi: Army Chief General V K Singh on Friday said that the force was "studying" the statement made by a Major General on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. He made the statement observing that the Army was an "apolitical" organization.

He told reporters, "Army is absolutely apolitical. I don't know what statement has been made. We are studying it as to what the Major has said. I can only say one thing that there is no politicization in the Army," he told reporters.

At a function where Narendra Modi was present, Division Commander Major General I S Singh had said, "Chief Minister Modi has all the qualities of a successful Army commander. His programmes are aimed at development of both the state and the nation."

The Army Chief said, "I don't know in what context and how he has said anything. Just be assured that there is no politicisation in the Army."

Defence Minister A K Antony also emphasized the armed forces as "apolitical" but said he was yet to see report about the officer's statement. He said, “I am yet to get a report about what happened there. So cannot comment on the basis of media report. One good tradition of the armed forces-compared to many others- is apolitical.”

Further he said, "That tradition I am sure our armed forces will continue. They are apolitical and their task is to protect the national security. They have to be vigilant round-the-clock and that they are doing.”

(Agencies)