Stepping boldly into the Rahul Gandhi ‘khoon ki dalali’ comment against PM Narendra Modi, Defence Minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Manohar Parrikar did not mince his words in attacking the Congress scion for his temerity to use such words in the wake of the surgical strikes carried out by the government against terrorists holed up across the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).
In the backdrop of opposition’s allegations on surgical strikes Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today addressed an event in Goa to retaliate in kind and started off by saying, “We showed a political maturity. If surgical strikes were a failure, the opposition would not have spared us.”
He said, “There was no doubt about capacity, the integrity of Army. What was required was political will and capacity which we showed during the surgical strike.”
Coming out heavily against the political leaders questioning the bravery of soldiers he said, ” No need of certificate by political leaders over bravery of defense personnel. Indian army is capable of facing any adversity, no need of proof of surgical strikes.”
Without naming anyone in particular, Parrikar said some had ‘focused on profiteering’ from defence deals. Parrikar then started listing a number of corruption scandals that had hit Congress governments over the years. He said “dalali” definitely happened in the submarines and helicopters deal. Referring to the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam Scorpene submarines deal where the decision makers were accused of indulging in corruption. The subs deal alone was worth $6 bn.
“When I became the minister and looked into it, I realised that there was dalali and scam in submarine deal, then in (AgustaWestland) helicopter there was dalali. There were allegations of dalali in Pilatus training aircraft (deal). After that in Embraer aircraft. Those who only focused on dalali (profiteering) fully understand what the word dalali means. “The BJP government does not understand this….this is why we don’t intend to use the valour of the Indian army in any election,” Parrikar said.