Congrees leader Alka Lamba mocked the 'Shastra Puja' performed by Rajnath Singh on the new Rafale aircraft as he emblazoned it with an 'Om' tilak and laid flowers and coconut, just before he was to take off in it for a sortie. On Tuesday, October 8, Alka Lamba took to Twitter and said, "Think now, France made Rafale has not even reached India and the first major success is achieved by squashing two green lemons and saved India from the eyes of the evil."
सोचो अभी तो #फ्रांस निर्मित #Rafale #भारत में पहुँचा भी नहीं और आने से पहले ही हासिल की पहली बड़ी कामयाबी,— Alka Lamba - अलका लाम्बा🇮🇳 (@LambaAlka) October 8, 2019
करा 2 हरे भरे नींबूओं का सफ़ाया और भारत को दुश्मन की बुरी नजरों से भी बचाया.... 🙏 pic.twitter.com/r1KJiBxdRz
Alka Lamba also tried to give a religious spin to the Rafale deal in another tweet. She tweeted, "Today if former Defense Minister A.K Antony would have been the Minister of Defense, or former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam had got this fortune today, would he have taken the Bible and the Quran in his hands and would have done the same according to his religion, which the Defense Minister has done according to his religion? What would have happened?"
Other Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit also politicised India receiving its first Rafale aircraft. Dikshit complained about the Shastra Puja that Rajnath Singh had performed, and said that the whole religious context of Vijayadashmi and the Rafale aircraft doesn't match. "It is a festival that all of us celebrate. Why do we have to link it with the coming of an aircraft?", said Dikshit.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh received India's first Rafale combat aircraft, out of the 36 fighter jets ordered as part of the deal between India and France, on behalf of the IAF on Tuesday. Rajnath Singh travelled from Paris to Mérignac, and speaking from the Merignac Air Base, he said, "Today is truly a historic day for the Indian forces and this ceremony shows the depth of the strategic partnership in the relations of India and France."