Rajnath Singh responds to ‘shastra puja’ jibes, says this is our faith

New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, who arrived in the national capital from France visit on Thursday night, said that seven Rafale fighter jets will arrive in India by April or May next year.

Responding to the Opposition’s criticism over performing the ‘Shastra puja’, Singh said: “People can say whatever they want. I did what I thought was right and I will continue to do so. This is our faith, that there is a superpower and I have believed it since childhood.”

“People from all religions have the right to pray according to their beliefs. I would not have objected if someone else had done the same. I feel there must have been a difference of opinion over the issue in Congress as well, it would not have been everybody’s opinion,” he said.

Singh also said that India does not intend to intimidate anyone by increasing its defence capabilities.

“After the induction of Rafale fighter aircraft, the combat capability of the Indian Air Force will increase. We don’t want to intimidate anyone by doing so. We will neither fear anyone nor will we intimidate,” the defence minister said.