Rajnath Singh to receive first Rafale aircraft on Dussehra, to perform Shastra Pooja in France

New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will uphold his yearly tradition of performing Shastra Pooja on the festival of Dussehra, in France this year where he is going to receive the first Rafale aircraft on October 8.

During this time he will also receive the first Rafale from France on 8 October for the Indian Air Force. Rajnath is expected to meet French President Emmanuel Macron during his visit.

“During his days as Home Minister, Rajnath Singh would perform Shastra pooja every Dussehra. Now as a defence Minister also, he would continue the tradition,” defence officials close to Rajnath Singh said.

The Defence Minister will perform the Shastra Pooja during the Rafale induction ceremony at Merignac in France on Dussehra. Rajnath is also likely to take a sortie in India’s first Rafale jet in France on October 8.

As per the plan, Rajnath will reach France on October 8, which is also Air Force Day and Dussehra. On the same day, he will receive the plane in Merignac near Bordeaux and perform Shastra Pooja.