Bhiwani: After facing backlash from opposition over Rafale ‘Shastra Puja’ row, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh asked Congress leader Rahul Gandhi what he should have written on the fighter jet if not ‘Om’. Addressing an election rally, Singh said, “Worshiping weapons during Vijayadashami is a tradition. When I wrote ‘Om’ on the Rafale jet, people said why I wrote it. I want to ask Rahul Gandhi if not ‘Om’, then what should I have written during ‘Shastra Puja’?” During his visit to France, Rajnath had emblazoned the Rafale fighter jet with an ‘Om’ and laid flowers, coconut and lemons, believed to ward off the evil eye.
The issue: Singh received flak from the Oppn with Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge described him performing ‘Shastra Puja’ as “tamasha.”