The rally, which began at 10 am at Jantar Mantar here, was attended by ex-servicemen from different parts of the country. Various ex-servicemen groups had come under the common banner of United Front of Ex-Servicemen Movement (UFESM) to hold protests across the country for nearly three months demanding implementation of OROP.

However, cracks appeared in the front this week as its various factions levelled allegations against each other. While a section of the veterans were against holding the 'Sainkik Ekta' rally, others feel they have been let down by the government, which had announced OROP on Saturday last.

On Wednesday, Lt Gen (retd) Balbir Singh, a key member of the front, had announced the exit of his group, Indian Ex- Services League, citing lack of cohesion and the continuance of protests. Other participants in the agitation, including Maj Gen (retd) Satbir Singh, have rejected the government's version of OROP and have now put forward seven points of dissent.

"The government has created avoidable confusion by including VRS (Voluntary Retirement Scheme) in their announcement as it does not exist in the defence forces. However, those who have taken premature retirement must come under OROP," Satbir said. The veterans have also objected to the government's taking of the calendar year 2013 instead of financial year 2013-14 for fixing the base.

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