Defence Minister Nirmala
Sitharaman Friday took a swipe at Congress chief Rahul
Gandhi's comments about the Rafale deal, saying he is 'a
confused man' as he has been saying different things about it
She was responding to questions from reporters here on
Gandhi's comments over the issue, that the Rafale deal was
between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and businessman Anil
"You don't get confused...Rahul Gandhi is a confused man.
He talks about different rates over the deal at different
times. Besides, he has been saying at different places that
we (government) had helped many persons...sometimes he says it
is Adani and sometimes Ambani," she said.
The Congress has accused the government of forcing
Dassault Aviation to make Reliance Defence its offset partner
for the Rs 58,000 crore deal to purchase 36 Rafale jets.
The Congress has alleged that the government was helping
the Anil Ambani group get a contract worth Rs 30,000 crore
from the deal.
However, the Reliance Group, in a statement, has said
Dassault Aviation's investment in Reliance Airport Developers
Limited has no link with the Rafale fighter jet deal, and has
accused Congress of resorting to "blatant lies" for political
The minister declined to comment on AIADMK MP and Lok
Sabha deputy Speaker M Thambidurai's charge that the Centre
has not released Rs 18,000 crore pending funds for Tamil Nadu
for various schemes,saying that she did not know what he had
Sitharaman said she however had a letter from Tamil Nadu
Chief Minister K Palaniswami, thanking her for helping the
state secure the release of amount.
She declined to take further questions on the Rafale
Thambidurai had said in response to union minister Pon
Radhakrishnan's comment that he should 'self introspect' when
he asked for speedy disbursal of the amount, that the centre
might announce schemes, but it was the state government
which implements them.
Funds are essential for implementation of any scheme,
he had said.
The minister, who was here to participate in the
announcement of 12 schemes as support and outreach for MSMEs
by the Prime Minister through videoconferencing, said 182
applications had so far been uploaded, seeking loans and in
principle approval given for Rs 47.50 crore for MSMEs in
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