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Cong attacks govt for scrapping defence projects

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today accused the of compromising national security following reports claiming that it has scrapped various defence projects including the Rs 32,000-crore minesweeper project.

communications incharge Randeep Surjewala said the scrapping of 'Make in India'Minesweeper Project and the government's "opaqueness" on INS Arihant are "two glaring examples of this compromise".

"India's maritime security is compromised by Modi as Chinese threats loom large.

"Scrapping of Rs 32000 crore Minesweepers project for Who benefits? Shockingly, INS Arihant-Indias only Nuclear Submarine has been left crippled since 10 months now! 56 Modiji?," he tweeted.

Surjewala said the must answer as to who benefits by scrapping a series of defence deals and important projects.

He also alleged that the armed forces' demand for defence capital budget is "drastically reduced".

"False Bravado, chest thumping and TV studio warfare are the tools employed by to manage the headlines when it comes to critical issues of national security.

"But the reality and actuality of their tall claims are getting unravelled day by day. As the completes 43 months in office, it has become increasingly evident that its directionless policies are harming Indias strategic interests and compromising national security," he said.

Surjewala alleged that the has reportedly scrapped the Rs 32,000 crore project to build 12 advanced minesweepers at the Shipyard in collaboration with South Korea, "striking a blow" to both the and its own 'Make in India' plans in the defence sector.

Advanced minesweepers are specialised warships that detect, track and destroy underwater mines laid by enemy forces.

The said will have to soldier on for the foreseeable future with a stark capability gap in detecting and countering naval mines, even as Chinese submarines regularly patrol the waters of the and and could potentially deploy the said weapons that would prove to be a danger for the country's sea warriors.

Even as actively partners with to build the USD 54 Billion worth China-Economic Corridor through connecting the strategic in which will base Chinese submarines, the Modi has reportedly shelved this important Minesweeper project, he said.s

He noted that Chinese nuclear and conventional submarines are regularly making forays into and strategic experts continuously point out the string of pearls which is attempting in by leveraging its influence on Indias neighbours like Sri Lanka Maldives, by building strategic bases there.

"The should clarify the factual matrix on INS Arihant and when will it start operationalizing again. Shockingly, the absence of Arihant from operations came to Modi Governments attention during the India-military standoff at Dokalam," he said.

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First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 21:15 IST