Attacking the previous Congress-led UPA regime for 'not buying even one thing' for the armed forces during its 10 year tenure, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the personnel did not even have bullet proof vests, leave alone Rafale jet, which was never bought. "I want to ask why during the UPA period not even one thing was bought for our armed forces. Not even bullet proof vests were bought in the 10 years, leave alone buying Rafale, which they did not," Sitharaman said speaking at an election convention of the BJP.
Sharpening her attack on the Congress, she said "Totally, the Indian armed forces were left without anything. There were guns, but no bullets. There were tanks, but no ammunition. There were aircraft, but systems were not working. So what was the big deal of having a big Army if you did not give them anything to protect your borders safely without which protecting this country is a big task, we have two big active enemies. We have to take care of both the borders," she said. That was why Pakistan could repeatedly send terrorists who came with the full support of the Pakistan army, the defence minister said. There were terrorist attacks in every corner of the country.
The defence minister said if the UPA government had taken steps like the Narendra Modi government did, India would have probably been able to control terror from spreading. She alleged that the UPA government did not take enough action after the 26 November, 2008 Mumbai attack, though the Army was willing to do so. The UPA regime was a "waste of 10 years", she said, adding a lot of work has happened in the last five years.