Nirmala Sitharaman said the atmosphere in Uttar Pradesh in the past 20-25 years did not give any encouragement to industry.
The clarification came after Nasheed, who lives in exile in Colombo, tweeted a photograph of him seated across Sitharaman with a caption: “Pleasure to meet and brief Indian Minister of Defence Nirmala Sitharaman on the situation in the Maldives.”
The chief minister said the armed forces were the most preferred career choice for Himachal Pradesh’s youth, but the recruitment quota for the state had been reduced after the implementation of the RMP.
Defence Minister said Rafale had been considered along with Eurofighter Typhoon under the UPA regime and there was enough data in public domain where within three years between, the UPA’s quoted prices about Rafale had undergone 300 per cent increase.
Nirmala Sitharaman claimed that from 2002 one of the shareholders of Adwait Holdings is Anita Singhvi, “whose shrimati (wife) you know it”. She said, “(It) also has Avishkar Manas Singhvi, possibly son, we do not know, but wife of one of the senior Congress leaders is here as property shareholder
The BJP, which said it would form the next government in the state despite fielding only 47 candidates in a House of 60 seats, also promised that it will get back on track coal mines that have remained shut following an order of National Green Tribunal in 2014.
The Union minister expressed regret that there were many areas in Meghalaya without electricity connections while those that were connected did not enjoy 24/7 power.
The statement was made after Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman warned Pakistan after Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad militants attacked a military camp in Sunjuwan in Kashmir that left six soldiers and a civilian dead.
The Defence Acquisition Council cleared a proposal to procure 7.4 lakh assault rifles for the three services. It also approved procurement of 5,719 Sniper Rifles for the Indian Army and Indian Air Force at an estimated cost of Rs 982 crore
Srinagar encounter highlights: The gunbattle between security forces and militants began early Monday morning following an aborted attempt by the militants to infiltrate into the CRPF camp.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said “we will be providing evidence to prove that the handlers are back in Pakistan and they are the mastermind, influencing all this”.
“Giving the evidences to Pakistan will be a continuous process. It will have to be proved over and over again that they are responsible. Pakistan will have to pay for this misadventure,” said the minister.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi, who had also raked up the issue during the Gujarat elections, alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi personally went to Paris to change the Rafale deal and favour a ‘businessman’
“The chief minister said every civilian killing, notwithstanding how erroneously made, impairs the political process in the state, which has been put on track after hard work by all political parties,” an official spokesman said.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the ministry officials had earlier visited several states to hold the event and the Tamil Nadu government immediately came forward and alloted land for the same on the East Coast Road near Mahabalipuram.