Today (Thursday), at 11:15 a.m. in the Lok Sabha and 12 p.m. in the Rajya Sabha, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh will make a remark on the helicopter mishap.
On Thursday, the dead remains of all 13 army personnel killed in a chopper crash in Tamil Nadu, including CDS Bipin Rawat and his wife Madhulika Rawat, will be transported to Delhi. At the same time, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh will make a statement on the helicopter mishap in the Lok Sabha at 11:15 a.m. today (Thursday) and the Rajya Sabha at 12 p.m. today (Thursday).
The Deputy Chief of the Army, Lieutenant General Chandi Prasad Mohanty, has cut short his tour to Qatar due to the chopper crash and is returning to Delhi. Sonia Gandhi, the president of the Congress, has decided not to celebrate her birthday on Thursday. He has also asked the members of his party not to celebrate his birthday.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres offered his condolences for the deaths of 14 individuals in the chopper crash, including CDS Rawat. “The Secretary-General extends his sincere sympathies on the death of the Chief of Defense Staff of the Indian Armed Forces, General Bipin Rawat, his wife, and 11 people in the helicopter crash,” Guterres’ spokesman Stephen Dujarric said in New York.
Condolences were extended by the US Secretaries of State and Defense.
Bipin Rawat’s death was also mourned by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Minister Lloyd Austin. “I extend my heartfelt condolences on the passing of General Rawat, India’s Chief of Defense Staff, his wife, and colleagues,” Blinken stated.
“We will never forget General Rawat’s extraordinary leadership qualities as he served his country and sought to strengthen US-India ties,” he said.
“General Rawat has left an indelible mark on the India-US military alliance and was key to the establishment of the Indian Armed Forces as a unified combat capability organisation,” said US Defense Secretary Ash Carter. This year, Austin claimed to have met General Rawat.