When the Chief of Army Staff openly criticized the removal of their forces from Kashmir, some commentators on Indian TV channels started branding this as an open coup by the military. With rumors of a possible coup by the Indian Army as well as the Indian paramilitary forces spreading like wild fire, Rahul Gandhi immediately called an emergency meeting at the residence of the President of India of all Chiefs of the Indian Army, Navy, Air Force as well as the Directors General of the Coast Guard, BSF and the CRPF. After a hectic meeting that included the President, the Home Minister as well as the a number of retired military figures, Rahul Gandhi made it clear that he will consider any dissent as an attempted coup by the armed forces. When the Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army continued to speak against the resolution and accused the Indian Prime minister of being a "half-blood" Indian to sell off so easily, the President, who is the Commander in Chief of the Indian Army immediately called for his dismissal and he was put under arrest right at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
With the arrest and impending court martial of India's Chief of Army Staff, General Narinder S. Uphaday, the opposition felt it had been vindicated and that its fears were justified. It accused the Congress government of being "puppets of foreign forces."