PM Modi and I come from humble backgrounds, Congress can't insult us: Nirmala Sitharaman

The minister said she regretted that when the prime minister spoke, the Congress called him a liar.

Published: 04th January 2019 07:22 PM  |   Last Updated: 04th January 2019 07:22 PM   |  A+A-

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman ( Photo | Shekhar Yadav/ EPS)


NEW DELHI: There were heated scenes in the Lok Sabha as Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman accused the Congress and its president Rahul Gandhi of insulting her and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"Nobody has a right to call me or the prime minister a thief and a liar," said a visibly angry Sitharaman, whom speaker Sumitra Mahajan tried to calm down.

The defence minister was responding to Gandhi who said that he wanted to speak as his name was taken by Sitharaman during her reply to a debate on Rafale deal.

Referring to Gandhi's conversation with former French president Francois Hollande, she said the Congress chief had quoted him without any proof.

While clarifying his conversation with Hollande, Gandhi said the former French president had said that the price was not part of the contract and he could say that publicly.

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He further claimed Hollande himself had stated that the name of businessman Anil Ambani was given to him by Modi and Government of India.

Gandhi wanted to know why Sitharaman did not take the name of Ambani who was chosen as the major offset beneficiary and why the price of aircraft went up to Rs 1,600 crore.

He questioned why the number of aircraft to be purchased were reduced to 36 and why Prime Minister Narendra Modi bypassed the defence establishment to change the deal.

Sitharaman said that the NDA got a better deal then what was being negotiated by the UPA government.

On the offset partners, she said it was not a part of negotiations and the government was not involved in their selection.

The minister said she regretted that when the prime minister spoke, the Congress called him a liar.

"We all come from normal background. I come from a middle class. The prime minister comes from a humble background. The prime minister's name is untarnished, he is not corrupt. I have my honour intact," she said, adding "you can not insult us the way you want".

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