Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today launched a scathing attack on the Congress and its leadership for repeatedly interrupting her reply to the Lok Sabha on the Rafale deal.
She sought to blunt Congress’ vociferous attack on the Rafale fighter jets deal, cautioned that while Bofors sank Congress, Rafale will bring Modi back to power. Responding to spirited debated in Lok Sabha, she said that Congress has become desperate as it knows that the Modi government has functioned without any corruption in the last five years.
She demanded that the Congress apologise for calling her a liar and for calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi a thief. She said the party had done so out of the arrogance of its dynasties.
“When you want to speak, you want us to ask our members to sit down. When I was speaking and your members were shouting me down, did you ask your members to sit? I do not have a ‘khandaan’ to boast of, I come from a normal background,” Nirmala said.
“Your members have called me a liar. My honour was insulted. Did you ask them to stand down when they did that? Your party has called the Prime Minister a thief. You have not even apologised for these remarks,” said Nirmala.
“I come from a normal family. The Prime Minister comes from a humble background. We have had to fight my way through the system to be where we are today. I have my honour intact. The Prime Minister has his honour intact,” she thundered during an exchange in the Lok Sabha on the Rafale deal.
She also specifically attacked Congress chief Rahul Gandhi for his behaviour in the Lok Sabha. “Have you apologised after you winked after hugging the Prime Minister in the House? This is not the way a House should run,” she said.
“Their strategy is spit and run. Defence ministry has run without deals in last 5 years. Bofors was a scam. Rafale is not”, she added. In a remark that riled up the Congress MPs, including Rahul Gandhi, She alleged that the Congress chief lied about discussing the Rafale issue in a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron on March 9.