The Defence Minister said that the permanent bridge at Hussainiwala Barrage will help not only the Indian Armed Forces but the local population at large for their daily commuting.
Nirmala Sitharaman was responding to a query on infiltration bids after the recent elections in Pakistan in which Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf emerged as the single largest party with the cricketer-turned-politician set to take over as prime minister.
Ahead of his visit to Sitharaman’s office, Panneerselvam told reporters in Delhi that he had come to personally thank Sitharaman for sending a defence-owned air ambulance during a medical emergency of his brother.
In the letter sent to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, the Congress claimed that not disclosing the price details of the Rafale Deal was never in the confidentiality agreement signed in 2008 between the India and France.
The Congress pointed out that MoS, Defence, Subhash Bhamre had twice told Parliament — in November 2016 and in March this year — in written replies that the “cost of each Rafale aircraft is approximately Rs 670 crore.”
The Defence Minister had accused the Congress party of being solely responsible for any disharmony playing out between now and the 2019 elections.
Quoting a report from the Inquilab, Sitharaman alleged Gandhi told Muslim intellectuals that “Congress is a Muslim party”. She also took a swipe at him while responding to a query on an earlier remark by the Congress that Gandhi was a janeu-dhari.
Addressing a press conference in Delhi, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman further said the Congress would be held liable if any incident of disharmony took place ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
In the last week of June, the United States postponed its first ‘2+2’ dialogue with India, which is a meeting between the ministers for External Affairs and Defence and the US secretaries of state and defence, citing “unavoidable reasons”.
Nirmala Sitharaman had been expected as the senior-most Indian attendee but the visit was put off as a meeting with British Defence Minister Gavin Williamson did not work out.
Nirmala Sitharaman was slated to follow up the ‘2+2’ meeting on July 6 with a visit to the Pentagon and bilateral talks with US Defence Secretary James Mattis.
Aurangzeb was abducted and killed by militants last week in Pulwama district of South Kashmir.
The US had granted India the status of a ‘Major Defence Partner’ in 2016 but no tangible benefits on military technology front have come to New Delhi so far.
The major objection to the opening of roads is related to the security of military installations and families of Army personnel staying inside the cantonments.
Union minister Nitin Gadkari met actor Nana Patekar, MD & CEO of Yes Bank Rana Kapoor, and actor Salman Khan and his father Salim Khan in Mumbai. During a visit to Pullela Gopichand’s academy, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman met trainees there and explained the government’s initiatives.