Doubts raised on my statement misleading, incorrect: Sitharaman

New Delhi, Jan 7 (IANS): Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday attacked Congress President Rahul Gandhi for raising "incorrect and misleading" doubts regarding her statement in Parliament after the latter challenged her to prove her claim that the Centre gave Rs 1 lakh crore worth of orders to defence PSU Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) or resign.

In a suo motu statement in the Lok Sabha, Sitharaman clarified that she had received confirmation from HAL that during 2014 to 2018, contracts amounting to Rs 26,570.80 crore had been signed with the public sector company and orders worth approximately Rs 73,000 crore were in the pipeline.

"Doubts are being raised on my statement made on the floor of the house on January 4 regarding procurement orders in the pipeline for HAL... I would like to set all doubts to rest by adding that I have received confirmation from HAL that during 2014-2018, contracts amounting to Rs 26,570.80 crore have already been signed with HAL and orders approximately of Rs 73,000 crore are in the pipeline," she said without naming Gandhi.

"I had specifically mentioned that there are 83 LCA Tejas fighters ordered worth Rs 50,000 crore, 15 combat helicopters worth Rs 3,000 crore, 200 more helicopters worth Rs 20,000 crore, 19 Dornier transport aircraft worth Rs 3,400 crore, helicopters worth Rs 15,000 crore, and aero-engines worth Rs 8,400 crore. All of them put together amount to Rs 1 lakh crore," she added.

Placing documents related to those orders on the floor, Sitharaman said they "clearly confirm the correctness of my statement made on the floor of this house and (prove that) the doubts raised in this regard are incorrect and misleading".

Her response comes after Gandhi alleged that the Defence Minister must either place documents before Parliament to prove her claim that the Modi government has given Rs 1 lakh crore worth of orders to defence PSU HAL or resign.

Two days after Sitharaman made the claims in the Lok Sabha , Gandhi took to Twitter to question her claims, tagging a media report that said "no actual order has been placed". 


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  • Richard, India

    Mon, Jan 7 2019

    Be truthful madam , dont give pipe dreams to the common man through pipe line. Most people are now educated enough to think for themselves.
    You do not need to defend anyone in the party , if you want to carve out a honorable career. Keep away from liars and cheaters, the nation will respect you. Right now you are going the opposite direction , and many have indicated it in enough ways for you to understand.

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  • Swamy, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 7 2019

    To start with a your argument, Are you saying better than what your party said to SC in sealed envelope in its defence but later on BJP admitted that it was a false claim.
    Why don't provide a proof of documents to prove that contract has been given to HAL?.
    If you could give that contract to HAL then why not Rafale?.
    Why are you and PM not agreeing for a debate on this issue?
    Why are you not agreeing for JPC on this issue?.
    Why are you filing false report to SC and without a copy of a document from CAG and PAC?.
    Your attitude, response and statements very much show your guilt beyond doubt.

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  • hubert, kuwait

    Mon, Jan 7 2019

    Rs. 1500000 in everybody's account is in the pipeline also.

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  • sandesh, mlore

    Mon, Jan 7 2019

    Thats why people of India called him pappu

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  • abdul samad, mangalore

    Mon, Jan 7 2019


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  • Anil, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 7 2019

    Problem is, pappu doesnt listen properly.
    Whole of india heard your speech and understood.
    Bur guess what?One guy is still having problems understanding it.

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  • geoffrey, hat hill

    Mon, Jan 7 2019

    Hope you understand the meaning of the phrase 'In the pipeline' . Ms Sitharaman herself has admitted 26.5k crores worth contracts have been signed and 73k crores worth are IN THE PIPELINE. Also the PM's absence during such an important debate reveals it all.

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