Responding to the Congress president’s comments that Rs 30,000 crore could be given to families of IAF pilots when they die, Rathore said that Rahul Gandhi has “insulted” the military.
In a video message posted on Twitter, the Union minister said, “You (Rahul) don’t know anything about our military. During the game of press conferences that you play in Delhi every day, you have disrespected our military. Anybody who is born on this soil knows that we respect and honour our military and martyrs. Our soldiers fight for our own country, they don’t fight for money. Our soldiers fight for self-respect and to save our country.”
He further said, “You do your politics but do not insult our military and martyrs. And I am saying this as a soldier.”
क्या @RahulGandhi से कोई भी उम्मीद की जा सकती है? https://t.co/mgR0Tn6m16
— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) 1549804121000
On February 8, addressing a press conference on the Rafale deal, Rahul Gandhi had said, “Rs 30,000 crore were given to Anil Ambani‘s Reliance Defence in the Rafale deal. This could be given to you (pilots) when you die in a plane crash.”
The Congress president was referring to a newspaper report which claimed that the ministry of defence had objected to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) negotiating with the French government over the price of Rafale aircraft.
(With agency inputs)