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As RS marshal uniform changes akin to military uniform, criticism by ex-army officers pours

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, however, said in further discussion on the uniform, “You always make insignificant points at such a significant time

New Delhi: On the occasion of the 250th session of Rajya Sabha, the marshals came wearing a new navy blue color uniform in place of the safari suits earlier they wore Indian ‘bandhgalas’ during the winter along with turban. The peak cap with two oak leaves resembles that of a Colonel and above. Similar to army officers.

Even the Rajya Sabha members were surprised. Congress MP Jairam Ramesh raised the issue but was not allowed to complete his statement. “Sir the Marshals” to which Venkaiah Naidu immediately retorted, “We are in the midst of a condolence motion.” Not willing to let go, Ramesh said: “But this is a very significant change.” Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, however, said in further discussion on the uniform, “You always make insignificant points at such a significant time.”

Later Mr. Ramesh said, “It seems ‘marshal’ law has been imposed in Rajya Sabha.” He will be raising the issue again in Parliament. Sources said that many BJP MPs to are planning to raise the issue in Rajya Sabha in the coming days. RJD leader Manoj K. Jha described the change in uniform as bizarre. “A military uniform doesn’t have a place in Parliament,”.

Some BJP MPs also have objected to the uniform. Senior officials at the Rajya Sabha Secretariat said that the uniform was designed in the house without taking the help of any outside institute. And the change was brought about on the demand of the marshals themselves.

Many former officers including the former army chief, General VP Malik gave the makeover bad reviews.

Former Indian Army chief Ved Malik objected to the new uniform of Rajya Sabha marshals, and called it “illegal and a security hazard’. Malik tagged Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and Rajnath Singh in his tweet, and said he hoped that the defense minister would “take early action”. Union Minister V K Singh, a retired general of the Indian Army, has also agreed with the criticism.

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