"The action of Delhi police seemed to suggest that they would be ready to even kick the ex-servicemen if they did not go away from the protest site. This incident, on the eve of Independence Day, was shameful and disturbing," the Shiv Sena, which is an alliance partner in the BJP-led Maharashtra government, said in an editorial in party mouthpiece 'Saamana'.

Justifying the OROP demand, it added, "If rank is similar, pension should be the same as well. This is nature's law. But these people had to fight their own government to get justice. This demand is continuing from many years and it is also justified."

The MPs, MLAs and government servants manage to get their salaries increased, but the government, instead of considering the demands of ex-servicemen who face bullets in extreme weather conditions, is being evasive on the issue, the Sena said. It further said that it is the Modi government's responsibility to ensure that injustice being meted out to ex-servicemen stops.

"After being chosen as the BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi had on September 15, 2013, while addressing ex-servicemen in Rewari, promised that his government would implement OROP. It has been one-and-a-half year since then. The Centre should take immediate steps on the issue," it added.

The Narendra Modi government has been maintaining that it is committed to OROP, a key promise made during Lok Sabha polls. A group of ex-servicemen have been on a protest at Jantar Mantar for two months demanding early implementation of OROP.

Latest News  from Business News Desk