Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told the sources that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan‘s statement that if the BJP comes to power again it will be a better chance to resolve the Kashmir issue, maybe a trick by the Congress to drive out Modi-led government from the Centre.
The Defence Minister said, “There have been many eminent leaders of the Congress who went there (Pakistan) to seek help to oust Prime Minister Narendra Modi. They went there saying, Modi hatane ke liye hamein madad karo (help us to oust Modi). I wonder whether this is also a part of the scheme of things which have been put by Congress. I don’t know what to make of this honestly”. At the same time, she has stated that it is her personal opinion and not her party’s.
Imran Khan in a press conference in Islamabad said that he believes there may be a better chance of peace talks with India and settling the Kashmir issue if Modi’s party BJP wins the general elections.
Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi claimed that India will be attacking to Pakistan between April 16-20. Referring to this Ms. Sitharaman said, “I don’t know from where he got these dates from. Good luck to him… God knows (who is his source in India), but it sounded very fanciful and amusing to me.”
Ms. Sitharaman was asked about her opinion regarding the procurement of documents pertaining to the Rafale deal was illegal, she replied that “The procurement of the document is illegal. That’s what I have been harping on. There are legitimate ways of obtaining it. There are credible tools to obtain it. If it has not come out through a legitimate manner then it is said to be stolen.”
“Now what has come out does not alter the discourse on Rafale. Even if we include the matter on these illegally obtained pages, it does not alter the clear process which has been adopted. We are not worried at all,” the Union Minister added.
Ms. Sitharaman criticized Congress president Rahul Gandhi for his “chowkidar chor hai” remark. “But then has the Supreme Court said that Modi ji gave this much money to Anil Ambani? Has Supreme Court said this? When has Supreme Court said this? Has the Supreme Court even remotely said that PM Modi is not chowkidar and chori ki hai? Is this not taking liberty with the institutions? That too Supreme Court, where every word is well thought out… It is putting words into the mouth of the court and therefore if the court is looking into the matter, it is only fair,” she said.