Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman views Imran Khan’s statement of “there is a better chance of India-Pak peace talks and settling of the Kashmir issue if BJP is voted to power” as Congress’ ploy. “I wouldn’t know why such statements are being made. Every time such statements are made and this is individually my perception and not my party’s or the government’s take. There have been many eminent leaders of the Congress who went there to seek help to oust Prime Minister Narendra Modi. They went there saying, Modi hatane ke liye hame madad karo. I wonder whether this is also a part of the scheme of things which have been put by Congress. I don’t know what to make of this honesty,” said defence minister Nirmalal Sitharaman in an interview with ANI.
Talking on the Rafale issue, Nirmala Sitharaman said, ” I don’t think our position has become weaker. We are firm on our stand. The Attorney General gave an explanation the next day. Documents from the defence ministry are classified documents. Every time a document of this nature, or even a page comes out, in my understanding, it is stealing of information. The defence ministry is looking into the matter as to how it came out.
Adding on she said, “The procurement of the document is illegal. That’s what I’ve been harping on. There are legitimate ways of obtaining it…if it has not come out through a legitimate manner then it is said to be stolen.”