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If voted to power, NDA will double army’s size: Rajnath Singh

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  1. TSUNAMI

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    Bharatiya Janata Party president Rajnath Singh on Wednesday painted a grim picture of country’s “dwindling economic and military might under the UPA rule†and said “if NDA returns to power at the Centre, it would double the size of the Indian army, go in for its rapid modernization and withdraw the decision of FDI in retailâ€.Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, Rajnath said: “History is proof that India has never waged a war against any country. But to maintain peace in the region, having an army capable of facing emerging challenges is a must. We see a need for strengthening our forces as China is broadening its bases in Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Its bid to capture water resources in Tibet is also not a hidden fact. The highways created in PoK by China pose an increased threat to India.â€
    “While China recently hiked its defence budget by 10.7% to $157 billion, India’s spending is just 2% of the GDP. Despite being aware of all these facts, the UPA government at the Centre has turned a blind eye towards the threat emerging on the borders. A lack of willingness on part of the UPA government has weakened the diplomatic efforts required for facing the challenges being posed by China and some other hostile neighbours. Though there’s a need to modernize and double the size of the Indian Army, the UPA is indulging in corrupt practices like the Augusta helicopter scam.â€

    “Performance of the UPA government on the economic front has been equally bad. Fiscal and current account deficits have increased sharply and the government has failed to check the rising inflation. As the UPA is only worried about the deficit of oil companies, it has deregularised petrol and diesel prices. It doesn’t care for the common people who are facing hike in fuel price every month. All the while, the government is busy setting new records of corruption and scams,†said Rajnath.

    He claimed that “the performance of BJP ruled states like Gujarat, MP, Chhattisgarh and Karnataka has helped in maintaining the country’s GDP rateâ€.

    While the UPA government is banking on foreign capital to boost the country’s economy, the BJP would welcome FDI only in infrastructure, he said. “We are not in favour of FDI in retail as it would harm the interests of crores of small traders and farmers. If we return to power, we will withdraw the decision to invite FDI in retail,†said the BJP president.

    He also targeted the UPA for its inability to handle the case of Italian marines and not coming clean on land deals of Robert Vadra.

    Taking to task the SP and BSP governments in UP for unaccounted expenditure, Rajnath said “they won’t be able to befool the people any furtherâ€. He said though the SP has spent Rs 8.5 crores for distributing unemployment allowance, it has wasted Rs 12 crores on holding the function for distribution of cheques among the beneficiaries. “Had the government checked this wastage of money, the unemployment dole could have been increased,†Rajnath said.

    He condemned the UPA government for the delay in finalising the land acquisition bill due to which many ambitious projects were lingering. Defending he performance of local MP Murli Manohar Joshi, he said “he should be judged on the basis of his performance in Parliamentâ€.


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    DaRk KnIght Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    People need to understand two simple facts:

    1. FDI is not a charity. It has to be refunded.

    2. Indian growth model is not based on foreign investment. 98% investment is domestic one and other 1% is through Mauritius.
     
  3. Himanshu Pandey

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    now now...... doubleing the size is not required ... it needs doubling the budget and equipments with 2 lac more soldiers trained for china borders
     
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    Saale ye UPA waale military capability ke toh maine badal ke rak diye.

    Agar pakistani saale 1-2 tanks leke Delhi mein ghus aiye toh bhi hum kuch nahi karsakthe. INSAS-equipped IA soldiers toh
    maccharomki tara marenge. Humri tanks toh bridge bhi nahi cross karsakthi.

    Jai Ho CONGRESS!!!!
     
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    Actually it IS required. Do you know there are 230,000+ PLA troops on the LAC and facing them are less than 30,000 IA troops
    at the moment. We need atleast 200,000 there, but not at the cost of reducing manpower availability at the Western front.

    Only a 2.5 million-strong IA will be able to meet the needs and deter any possible enemy attack.
     
  6. AccessDenied

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    I'd much rather they address the issue of dwindling no. of fighter squadrons in IAF, and look into the issue of Indo-Russian defence deal discrepancies.
     
  7. Bang Galore

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    Ya....but only after we have a $10 trillion economy.......
     
  8. DaRk KnIght

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    Doubling will take a decade or 2.....so no worries.
     
  9. GUNS-N- ROSES

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    another politician who is either too foolish to understand the consequences/expenditure involved in maintaining 2 million strong army or is simply appealing to jingoistic people and trying to create false mass hysteria.
     
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    Then we discuss this at that time......
     
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    Have to start today in order to reach the required number after 2 decades.
     
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    We need to double the size of air-force and navy.......not the army.....
     
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    we dont need to double the strength of the army. these type of useless talks are only for masses who do not have any idea of about strategic force levels.

    however i want following things to happen wen NDA comes to power:

    1. make army more mobile. it is mobility which is mandatory in modern warfare.
    2. improve battle field communication between battle field commanders and higher formations.
    3. improve infrastructure in terms of rails and roads so that strategic missiles are transportable.
    4. improve firepower of army starting from platoon and all the way up to strike corps level.
    5. speed up work on implementation of F-INSAS.
     
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    thoda zyada bol diya.
     
  15. Himanshu Pandey

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    I thinks he tried to cash the emotions after attack on Indian soldiers, and now CRPF camp issues.... but it will be better if he talk about indigenous development of arms and ammunition to make Army more lethal and mobile and concentrate on its training... we need some more troupes for china border... but that would be 2 lac at highest assumption
     
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