Ahmedabad/New Delhi: A serving Major General on Monday sparked controversy when he lauded Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, saying he has all qualities of a "successful" Army commander, sending ripples across the armed forces which said his comments may have been "misrepresented".

Major General IS Singha, a general officer commanding of the Golden Katar Division in Ahmedabad , was speaking at the launch of the three-day 'Know Your Army' exhibition which was inaugurated by Modi at the police stadium ground.

"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," said Singha.

Showering praise on Modi and his government for developmental work in the state, Singha said, "Like in the Army, he (Modi) keeps deadline for completion of work, and ensures that target is achieved by the set time."

Soon after media reported his comments, Singha was contacted by the Army Headquarters seeking explanation of what he had said and in what context.

Army spokesman in New Delhi later said that Singha had possibly been "misrepresented as he had spoken in Hindi".

During the function, Singha also sought land for ex-servicemen housing scheme.

"I would like to request the Chief Minister to provide land to the Army for setting up housing welfare societies for the ex-servicemen in Ahmedabad. Such schemes are available in all other states," he said.