Nirmala Sitharaman has once again quelled the Opposition's attempt to question facts about the contracts given to HAL.
On Sunday, Congress President Rahul Gandhi tweeted a report questioning the contracts worth Rs 1 lakh given to HAL and demanded the resignation of Nirmala Sitharaman, which was immediately countered by the Defence Minister.
This came after Raksha Mantri's sensational speech at the Lower House of the Parliament countering each and every claim and allegation by the Congress on Rafale, accused Nirmala Sitharaman of lying, and demanded her resignation should she not able to prove her facts.
"When you tell one lie, you need to keep spinning out more lies, to cover up the first one. In her eagerness to defend the PM's Rafale lie, the RM lied to Parliament. Tomorrow, RM must place before Parliament documents showing 1 Lakh crore of Govt orders to HAL. Or resign," his Twitter message read.
The Raksha Mantri on Monday during her speech in Lok Sabha lay all doubts to rest by stating facts and figures on the HAL contracts.
"In 2019, regarding procurement order regarding HAL, I had mentioned that there are 83 LCA Tejas fighters order worth Rs 50,000 crores, 15 combat helicopters order worth Rs 3,000 crores, 200 orders worth Rs 20,000 crore and 19 Dronier transport aircraft worth Rs 3,400 crores, helicopters worth Rs 15,000 crore and aero-engines worth Rs 8,400 crores. The total comes to Rs 1 lakh crore."
"I would like to lay doubts to rest by adding that I have received confirmation that during 2014-2018 contracts amounting to Rs 26800 Rs were signed with HAL and orders worth Rs 73,000 crore approximately are in the pipeline.
On January 2, while speaking in Lok Sabha, Rahul Gandhi continued his attack on the government over the Rafale, taking on PM Narendra Modi and Defence Minister during his speech.
He was quickly rebutted by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, but the biggest, and by far the most scathing response came from Nirmala Sitharaman. At the floor of the house on January 4, two days after Rahul Gandhi's allegations, the Raksha Mantri put forward facts, one after the another, while defending her government on Rafale.
She also listed a number of things related to HAL, blunting the opposition's attack that the present NDA government had not done anything for the PSU.
"I will give you the list of things we have done. Presently, following procurement orders are in the pipeline of HAL: