BJP Members to Protest Tomorrow Against Attack on MP’s House
All BJP MPs will protest in front of the Gandhi statue at the Parliament at 10 am on Monday, 7 January, against the attack on BJP Rajya Sabha MP V Muraleedharan’s residence in Kerala’s Thalassery, reported ANI.
Congress, BJP Issue Three-Line Whips for Party MPs to be Present in Lok Sabha Tomorrow
The Congress and BJP have both issued a three-line whip for their respective party MPs to be present in the Lok Sabha on Monday, 7 January.
Jaitley Praises Nirmala on Fiery LS Reply Over Rafale
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley praised Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for her fiery “point-by-point” rebuttal to the Congress’s charges on the Rafale deal in Parliament.
“Well done! Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman ji, for an outstanding performance. You demolished the fake campaign. We are all proud of your performance,” Jaitley tweeted.
Defence Minister ‘Ran Away’ from My Questions on Rafale: Rahul
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday said Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman gave a long speech in Parliament but did not answer any of his posers on the Rafale deal and “ran away”.
“The defence minister did not answer any of the questions I asked on the Rafale deal. She did not even take the name of Anil Ambani,” Gandhi told reporters outside Parliament.
Gandhi said he put two questions to the minister towards the end of the debate and asked her to reply in yes or no.
Cong Stopped Rafale Deal as It ‘Didn’t Get the Money’: Sitharaman
Hitting back at the Congress on the Rafale fighter jet deal, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday alleged that the party had stopped the deal when it was in power as it “didn’t get the money” and ignored national security.
The BJP-led NDA government gave Rs one lakh crore worth of contracts to HAL, she said.
Taking on the Congress, the minister said, “You stopped the deal, forgetting Air Force was suffering. You didn’t conclude the deal, because it didn’t suit you. The deal didn’t get you money.”
“They did not intend to buy the aircraft till something else was done. There is something different between defence deal and deal in defence,” she said, asserting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government gave priority to national security.
“You are misleading the country by saying the NDA government reduced 126 Rafale jets to 36. Congress was supposed to buy 18 in fly-away condition, the NDA raised that to 36,” she said.
The delivery of first Rafale will happen in 2019, while the last aircraft of 36 jets will be delivered in 2022, the minister said.
She said the IAF always advises government to buy two squadrons, which is 36 aircraft instead of 18, in case of emergency purchases, the Minister said.
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