SRINAGAR, INDIA - AUGUST 28: Congress party Vice President Rahul Gandhi at the party headquarters, on August 28, 2015 in Srinagar, India. Gandhi is on a visit to Jammu and Kashmir in wake of the repeated firing along the border which has led to many injuries as well as some casualties. He made a surprise visit to Maisuma locality, the hub of separatist protests in the city, near the city centre of Lal Chowk for a tea and snacks break at a local vendor. (Photo by Abid Bhat/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
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For a Congress that has been on the back foot on a number of issues politically, including being on the wrong side of the surgical strikes debate as it played out, the Delhi police, which reports to the Ministry of Home Affairs, gave it and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) a platform to showcase Rahul Gandhi’s leadership skills. On Wednesday, after it roughed up the family members of retired Subedar Ram Kishan Grewal and prevented them from meeting senior political leaders, including Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the focus returned to the gap between the promises and actions of the Modi government. Grewal, who committed suicide on Tuesday here, left a letter saying he was taking the extreme step because of the non-implementation of OROP (one rank one pension), an issue that has great resonance with the Armed Forces, which has been battling for years to get it implemented. The Armed Forces are also a section of society seen as identifying more closely with the ruling BJP than with any other party.

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