India's Eastern Army Commander breaks silence, says won't resign

WION Kolkata, West Bengal, India Dec 31, 2016, 09.52 AM(IST) Written By: Pooja Mehta

Lt Gen Bakshi could be offered an appointment outside of the military, sources say. Photograph:( Facebook )

India's Eastern Army Commander Lieutenant General Praveen Bakshi finally broke silence on his resignation on Saturday.

"I won't resign. Extending all support to Lt. Gen Bipin Rawat," Lt Gen Bakshi said while addressing the officers of Eastern Command during a tele-conferencing.

This statement by the Lt. Gen Bakshi comes in the wake of rumours and speculations doing the rounds that he might resign after being superseded by Lt. Gen Bipin Rawat as the army chief.

However, the defence ministry is yet to consider Lt. Gen Bakshi's name for the post of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) that could happen in the coming year.

Lt. Gen Bakshi is likely to meet the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in January next year. Sources in the Defence Ministry highlight that Lt. Gen Bakshi could be offered an appointment outside of the Military.

While Lt. Gen Bakshi was on leave till January 1, he joined office today at the Fort William - Army Eastern Command Headquarters.