Lashing out at the Narendra Modi government, senior Congress leader AK Antony on Saturday said its one year rule had brought only hardships to the common man even as he described the CPI(M) as 'Rip Van Winkle'.
Terming the UPA's proposed deal for 126 Rafale fighter jets as "economically unviable" and not required, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has said the NDA government will buy only 36 of the French aircraft, to be used for strategic purposes, and no more.
Former Defence Minister AK Antony on Saturday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of "criminal inaction" leading to delay in implementation of the "One Rank, One Pension" decision of the UPA government and claimed that it has made ex-servicemen "restless".
Congress on Monday hit back at Manohar Parrikar for attacking his predecessor A K Antony, alleging that the Defence Minister was not kept in the loop by Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he clinched the high-profile Rafale fighter jet deal with French President Francois Hollande last month.
Former Defence Minister AK Antony on Saturday raised several questions over the Rafale fighter jet deal, wondering whether the Finance Ministry and Defence Acquisition Council were taken on board while clinching the agreement with France.