BJP MP questions India’s wartime defense capacity against Pak, China

  • Mukesh Mathrani, Hindustan Times, Barmer
  • Updated: May 27, 2016 20:12 IST
Barmer MLA said India doesn’t have sufficient armed equipment and forces to fight against Pakistan and China. (File Photo)

At a time when the rest of the BJP is praising “new benchmarks of governance” set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in two years, party MP Sonaram Choudhary is explaining how a strengthening Sino-Pak nexus has been keeping the Centre on tenterhooks.

Addressing a press conference on Friday, the Barmer MP and former colonel of Indian army justified that PM Modi’s frequent foreign tours are crucial for diplomacy with developed countries such as USA and Europe and aims at seeking military assistance besides promoting India’s defence technology. “In war with Pakistan and China, neither do we have sufficient armed equipment nor forces to win. We cannot fight with both of them,” he said.

During the first anniversary of the Modi government, retd Colonel Choudhary courted controversy when he claimed that the government had brought back black money worth Rs 1 lakh crore.

A three-time Congress MP from Barmer parliamentary constituency and MLA from Baitu assembly constituency, Sonaram Choudhary fought for BJP from Barmer in 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Accrediting himself for development in the constituency, Choudhary claimed that due to his efforts, the union government sanctioned the Barmer-Kandla rail line, which will boost trade and commerce in western Rajasthan besides strengthening the country’s border security.

“Both the Centre and the state government wants to establish a refinery at Barmer but technical problems and decreasing crude oil prices are some of the issues delaying the project,” said Choudhary.

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