Hitting back at Rahul Gandhi over his “suit-boot ki sarkar” remark, Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar Wednesday said that before making such comments, the Congress vice-president should disclose what he did and what he wore in Thailand for 56 days.
“Jo log kapde se sarkar ki gatividhiyon ka review karte hain (those who review the government’s activities on the basis of clothes), they must first reply what they were doing in Thailand for 56 days. You have gone and sat there for 56 days, but you question others. Then you must be asked what clothes you wore when you were there. We will reply later. Don’t judge a government by its clothes; instead see what the government is doing,” Parrikar said.
On the one rank, one pension scheme, which is yet to be announced by the government, Parrikar said the UPA government gave “only assurances”, while the NDA had taken “concrete steps”.
“I can now tell you that we have forwarded the proposal and it will be implemented soon,” he said.
He ruled out the deployment of the Army in anti-Naxal operations. “It’s an internal law-and-order problem. Foreigners are not involved. Kashmir has foreign terrorists, Army is needed,” Parrikar said.
The minister added that the Army was ready to provide training and logistical support and advice, if required.