Mysuru, Mar 6: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday claimed that NDA Government was the strongest in terms of achievements made during the last five years since 1947.
Speaking at series of meeting with workers and others in the city, she lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said, “In the history of any nation, it’s not very often that you get a leadership like what you have got know. Last five years had been intense working and development was upwards in all the sectors.
“You see the Prime Minister without a day’s break working and all of us from our Ministries being pulled up and inspired. One very obvious and noteworthy difference between the previous and current government is that there was not a whisper of corruption under Modi’s tenure. That’s why the AICC President Rahul Gandhi probably feels the need to point out or pick issues.”
About the general election due very shortly, she said, “2019 elections to the Lok Sabha are certainly not just any other election and it cannot be taken lightly. Each and every one in the party have to be a campaigner. We have to do 10 times more than what we have done in 2013-14. The BJP will fight an election. Particularly, under the leadership of Modi ji, we will definitely give a very good fight and win.”
Charging that the allegations against the NDA Government by the Opposition parties were baseless, she said, “All facts checked, it is true that between 2014 and today vis-a-vis 2004 and 2013, except for Kashmir, has there been any terrorist/minor bomb attack anywhere else in the country? Let’s talk on facts. Opposition allegations are not based on facts and they could stoop to any level to make allegations. There could have been truth in the allegations that India would run out of ammunition if there was a continuous war for 10 days. But in the last five years, things have changed. The problems of the defence sector were so severe that the forces did not have bulletproof jackets, ammunition for tankers and technology upgradation for the Air Force."
On the dastardly Pulwama terror attack, Nirmala Sitharaman said the anger, disappointment and the emotions of the people to strike back were well absorbed by the government and the Prime Minister.
She said there was no need to analyse more on Balakot strike and declined to link the air strike on terror camp with the coming Lok Sabha election.
“After Pulwama attack, we were waiting patiently for days... When we got information the terrorist attacks were originating from that region (Pakistan), without military action, we carried out the strike pointedly,” she added.
She alleged, “Pakistan is the fountainhead of terrorism not just against India but many parts of the globe. Pakistan feels very much under stress since it had been economically isolated by the world community. More can be done on this front.”
Attacking Congress president Rahul Gandhi over the Rafale deal, she said that during 10 years of UPA rule, not even a single aircraft was added to the Air Force and during Prime Minister Modi’s tenure, a due process was followed and all the details were given to the Supreme Court and Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) regarding the Rafale deal. The first Rafale is landing in India in September this year.” (UNI)