Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar
File photo of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar

On Sunday, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar announced that the One Rank, One pension Scheme would be implemented after the Bihar elections.

But, the veterans feel it is a "delay tactic to wish-away the issue of OROP".

"To the best of my knowledge, the Bihar election moral code of conduct should not come as a hindrance to resolve the 8 anomalies of the OROP declared definition. Since the Koshyari committee recommendations have been unanimously approved by the NDA government and UPA government, this is a political statement to wish-away the OROP," Veteran Colonel Shelley of the Para-Special Forces told IBTimes India.

But, the Defence Minister said the "delay in signing the OROP letter was because the election commission may have an issue with such an announcement," The Times of India reported.

However, the veterans have continued protesting in Jantar Mantar even after an announcement last month.

"Today is the 120th day the veterans have been protesting at Jantar-Mantar, I have been going for 95 days on and off. According to the announcement made on 5th September, the letter had faults. We were told that the OROP order will be issued before Navratri begins; since tomorrow Navratri begins, we will wait and see. If the letter contains all the anomalies, we will immediately call off the protests. Otherwise we may also go to court," veteran Group Captain Brij Mohan Karir told IBTimes India. 

He further added: "The statement made my defence minister Manohar Parrikar today, is a delay tactic. OROP has nothing to do with Bihar election."

Elections began in the state of Bihar this morning. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been actively campaigning for the BJP party. Now, it remains to be seen whether BJP will emerge victorious in the state.