Bengaluru: Rahul acts like being gripped by some spirit - Nirmala Sitharaman

Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru (SP)

Bengaluru, Apr 15: Union defence minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, said that Congressmen find it hard to believe that the deal to buy Rafale warplanes was concluded without the involvement of middlemen. She said that because of this disbelief, Rahul Gandhi has been claiming everywhere that there is a scandal behind this deal. "He is repeatedly saying this like a man under the influence of spirits," she commented.

She was speaking at a programme of interaction organized by Karnataka Thinkers Forum at the SJR College auditorium near Anand Rao Circle here on Sunday April 14. "During the period Congress was in power at the centre, no defence equipment was procured without the involvement of agents. Now defence department directly deals with manufacturers. Congress continues to make allegations even after Supreme Court, Comptroller and Auditor General's report and statistics and details provided in the house clearly established that no scam has taken place in this procurement," she pointed out.

She challenged Rahul Gandhi to provide evidence for his statement that the Prime Minister had paid Rs 30,000 crore to someone.

She said that the much-touted Mahagathbandhan has become a get-together of people who fight with each other. "Bofors caused the fall of Congress government. Now Rafale will bring Modi back to power. Because unlike Bofors, Rafale is not a scandal. It is a right step towards reinforcing defence of the country," she said.

When her attention was drawn to chief minister, H D Kumaraswamy's statement that he was informed two years back by an ex-serviceman about the Pulwama suicide attack, she felt that the chief minister is as responsible for the revelation as was the terrorist who masterminded the attack.


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  • M Pinto, BANGALORE

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    Dear Madam Nirmala
    Sometimes wonder how alone were you made the Defence Minister of India. What knowledge do you have about the armed forces? This country is undergoing a phase where absolutely no freedom is given to media and people for voicing their opinion. Any one speaking against the Central Government is anti national. What spirit is that? If anyone feels that nationalism is the key word for these elections I would suggest that let them go to the borders of India and fight for our country. Bofors has been an issue since 1986 and no verdict has ever come out of it. Why were you quiet these 4 years and 11 months and did not try and find the culprits behind the so called scams? In the same vein I would say that even you are also governed by spirits of misleading blindly and blatantly the citizens from the truth on Rafale.

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  • flavian dsouza, chik/bengaluru

    Tue, Apr 16 2019

    reliance SPIRIT has gripped every Indian ..

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  • Vincent, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 15 2019

    Rafael spirit

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  • Af,,, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 15 2019

    Chowkidaar will be trouble if RAHUL is becomes PM

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