New Delhi, May 20: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that India which was earlier considered to be the biggest importer is now among the top 25 countries exporting in the defence sector.
“Our country which was earlier considered the biggest importer, is now among the top 25 countries exporting in defence. Defence weapons were only bought from outside. Nothing built in India. Tanks, rockets, missiles and ammunitions are all imported,” said the minister while addressing the party workers at an event.
Singh further said that he has listed 309 items that will be manufactured indigenously and will not be bought from other countries after a certain time.
“India is now respected in the world. Indian residents in other countries have told me they now feel respected. Earlier, in international conferences, if Indians said something, nobody heard. Now, the whole world listens with attention,” he added.
Lauding the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Sing said that it is now the world’s biggest party which does politics to form the country, not only the government.
“You must not forget whose members you are. BJP isn’t just the country’s but the world’s biggest party now. The ideology via which we started our journey shows we do politics not just to form the government but to form the country,” Singh said.
Targeting the previous governments for the country’s development, Singh said that people faced basic problems earlier.
Singh was also seen taking a jibe at the previous Congress-led government and said that people faced basic problems despite of Congress being in power for a very long time.
“Congress ruled for a long time, others did too. Poverty, unemployment- basic problems were faced by people several years after independence. Don’t say we’ve solved it all, but his (PM Modi’s) work is now visible on the ground,” he added.