An email received from Maj Gen Satbir Singh, Vice Chairman IESM, is reproduced below.
Kindly give widest possible publicity to the contents of email from Gen Satbir.
While majority of ESM have strongly supported the IESM decision of supporting the BJP and other NDA members during the on going Lok Sabha elections, some ESM feel that aligning with political parties is against the Military ethos.
We fully respect the sentiments of all such ESM, if they do not wish to change with the need of the hour.
All the same, kindly appreciate that IESM has not said that we shall forever support BJP and other NDA members.
At this hour that is our best bet.
If they fail to keep their promise - we have to rethink, plan new strategy and execute new plans.
Even if BJP and constituents of NDA do not win a majority, we will still have a very strong lobby in our support in the Parliament, which was lacking so far.
To say 'let us go to the court' is very easy. While Navy Foundation and IESM are jointly preparing for that option also - you all know how many such cases are pending in courts. Even where the decisions of courts are in favour of the ESM, Govt has not acted on those decisions.
A favourable political support can only help us get Justice for Defence Services.
In spite of the 'advisory' issued by IESM, of course you all are free to vote for anyone you wish to - but vote you must for the benefit of the Nation and also Defence Services.
While the media is free to use the term 'Fatwa' for the advisory issued by IESM, it is a pity that some senior veterans also are propagating this term.
You all must help us and ensure that no ESM go around and canvass in favour of Congress or UPA;
if this happens declare the person or organisation as enemy of the ESM and treat them accordingly.
It is Congress and NDA which is responsible for accepting such poor award by 6 CPC for the Defence Services. Those political parties must not be supported by us.
If some ESM still goes around and supports such parties - obviously he has some ulterior motives.
It is a very important phase of our struggle against injustice to Defence Services.
Think twice before you vote - BUT VOTE YOU MUST.
We request all ESM, all over India, to spend next few weeks doing what you think is the best for the Indian Nation and The Indian Defence Forces.
Do not be a silent spectator.
IT IS NOW OR NEVER.
LET US ALL STAND SHOULDER TO SHOULDER
SUPPORT WHAT MAJORITY OF ESM WANT.
OUR PERSONAL OPINIONS
ARE OF NO CONSEQUENCE AT PRESENT.
In Service of Indian Military Veterans
PS - The CNBC 18 programme which was not held on 21 Apr at 2230 hrs was held on 22 Apr at 2230 hrs. Sorry I too missed it.