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Rahul's remark on IAF pilots indicates his mindset: Smriti Irani

Eenadu India 2019-02-10 08:06:00

Union Minister Smriti Irani.

New Delhi: Union Minister Smriti Irani, on Saturday, hit out at Congress President Rahul Gandhi for his remark on Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots.

Responding to the Congress president's comments that ₹30,000 crore could be given to families of IAF pilots, Irani said that Rahul Gandhi's remarks indicated his mindset that death could be compensated for money.

On Friday, addressing a press conference in New Delhi on the Rafale matter, Rahul Gandhi had said, "₹30,000 crore were given to Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence in the Rafale deal. This could have been given to you (pilots) when you died 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.