Rajnath Singh is leaving for Paris on a three-day visit to receive the first of 36 Rafale fighter jets.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will on Tuesday perform “https://www.ndtv.com/”Shastra Puja”https://www.ndtv.com/” (worship of weapons) on the occasion of Dussehra after receiving the first of 36 Rafale jets in the French port city of Bordeaux, officials said.
After performing puja, he will take a sortie in the aircraft, they said.
Rajnath Singh has been performing “https://www.ndtv.com/”Shastra Puja”https://www.ndtv.com/” for last several years including during his tenure as the Union Home Minister in the previous NDA government.
The defence minister will leave for Paris on a three-day visit on Monday, primarily to receive the first Rafale fighter jet on Tuesday — the foundation day of the Indian Air Force as well as the day when Dussehra will be celebrated.
Rajnath Singh will perform “https://www.ndtv.com/”Shastra Puja”https://www.ndtv.com/” after receiving the first Rafale fighter jet at Merignac suburb of Bordeaux on Tuesday. After performing puja, he will take a sortie in the aircraft, the officials said.
Before leaving for Bordeaux on the morning of Tuesday, Rajnath Singh will meet French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris and is expected to discuss issues relating to defence and security ties between the two countries.
The ceremony to hand over the Rafale jet will take place at a facility of Dassault Aviation, the makers of the aircraft, in Merignac of…