The IAF Chief doesn't have the right to speak about military matters, the Congress appears to believe, as per the latest instance of it questioning the armed forces.
Taking to Twitter, former UPA minister Manish Tewari has somehow determined that when Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa answered mediapersons on Monday over how Rafale will raise India's air deterrence capabilities, he was making a "political-loaded" statement.
Tewari has also called the statement 'regrettable and avoidable', drawn an election link and opined that it has strategic implications.
The statement is the second time that the Congress has directly attacked the IAF Chief in such a manner, after the disgraceful remarks of Veerappa Moily calling him a 'liar' after Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa called the December Supreme Court judgment clearing the Rafale deal a 'fine judgment' and highlighted how even the bench had said that the Rafale was badly needed.
On Monday, as the IAF inducted four Chinook heavy-lift helicopters, the Air Chief Marshal equated the US-made helicopters with the Rafale, calling both national assets. He was then asked what effect the Rafale would have on India's air capabilities, to which he said:
"When the Rafale comes in, the deterrence of our air defence will increase manifold, and they (Pakistan) will not come anywhere near the LoC or the border, with the kind of of capability that we will possess, for which presently they (Pakistan) don't have an answer."
The warning will have been heard loud and clear in Pakistan which had attempted an ingress into Indian airspace with an intent to attack on February 27, a day after the IAF's precision strike on Pakistan's terror camps. At that time, India's fighters had broken the PAF's formation of 20+ planes with IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan heroically bringing down a PAF F-16 in a dogfight in the Nowshera sky despite his craft being technologically outmatched.
Despite the IAF's repeated warnings over how the Rafale is badly needed, the Congress has moved heaven and earth in its efforts to turn the deal into a political controversy ahead of the elections, despite Rahul Gandhi's allegations not moving much further than the claim 'PM Modi took Rs 30,000 crore from the people of India and gave it to Anil Ambani' over the Rafale offset deals. India will begin to get deliveries of the Rafale from France starting September.