Air Chief Defends Rafale Amid Opp Attack

6.50 pm: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman says neither Modi nor any other party leader wants to politicise the armed forces, reports PTI. She says there is nothing incorrect about saying that forces were given permission to act as they see fit.

“Nobody wants to politicise the armed forces, not particularly myself or prime minister or anybody from here (government). We dont want to politicise the armed forces,” she is quoted as saying in Bengaluru.

She asks if it is wrong to compare a “strong” government now to the “weak” Congress-led government from before 2014.

The party is facing criticism from several quarters about its leaders mentioning the armed forces in political campaigns and bringing up the Air Force’s strike in Balakot, Pakistan.

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