January 17, 2021

Chidambaram Hits Out at Rajnath Singh, Says Defence Minister Promised a ‘Bang’ and Ended With a ‘Whimper’



File photo of Congress leader P Chidambaram.

File picture of Congress chief P Chidambaram.

The defence minister promised a “bang” on a Sunday morning and ended with a “whimper”, Chidambaram stated in a sequence of tweets.

  • PTI
  • Final Up to date: August 9, 2020, 12:48 PM IST

Senior Congress chief P Chidambaram on Sunday hit out at Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, saying the “import embargo” on defence tools introduced by him was “excessive sounding jargon” as their solely importer was the Defence Ministry. The defence minister promised a “bang” on a Sunday morning and ended with a “whimper”, Chidambaram stated in a sequence of tweets.

“The one importer of defence tools is the Defence Ministry. Any import embargo is admittedly an embargo on oneself,” the previous residence minister stated. What the defence minister stated in his “historic Sunday announcement” deserved solely an workplace order from the minister to his secretaries, Chidambaram stated.

“Import embargo is excessive sounding jargon. What it means is we’ll attempt to make the identical tools (that we import as we speak) in 2 to four years and cease imports thereafter!” he stated. In a serious reform initiative to spice up the home defence business, the defence minister introduced restrictions on import of 101 weapons and army platforms together with artillery weapons, assault rifles and transport plane.

“The Ministry of Defence is now prepared for a giant push to #AtmanirbharBharat initiative,” Singh stated on Twitter whereas making the announcement. He stated the ministry has ready a listing of 101 objects for which the embargo on imports is deliberate to be progressively applied between 2020 and 2024.


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