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Why opposition silent on controversial defence deals with Russia?
Former navy chief DK Joshi resigned from his post owning responsibility of continuing submarine-accidents. But responsibility should be owned by political rulers of different regimes who took decision to purchase old, outdated and obsolete submarines and warships for the navy.

It is significant that successive Union governments of UPA and NDA regimes became part of decision-taken process for such purchases mainly from Russia by endorsing periodic upward price-revisions and delayed delivery-schedules like it has been in the case of recently acquired decades-old aircraft-carrier Admiral Gorshkov (rechristened INS Vikramaditya) when lots of technical difficulties including engine-failure were faced in bringing the super-costly and obsolete 'white-elephant' from Russia to India.

Only recently Comptroller & Auditor General (CAG) of India expressed concern on shocking purchase of T-90 non-air-conditioned tanks that too from Russia.

It is significant that the opposition which raised so much hue and cry on purchase of world's best Bofors guns, has been surprisingly silent on all such controversial defence-deals made from Russia. Silence of opposition on such controversial defence-deals is worth questioning.

Last Wednesday Navy's submarine INS Sindhuratna, a Russian-origin Kilo Class submarine , met a with an accident off the coast of Mumbai, which resulted into the death of two Navy officers while at least seven other soldiers got injured. There were 80 navy men on board when this mishap took place.

In a similar mishap August last year a fire broke out on board submarine INS Sidhurakshak, killing 18 soldiers on board. It was considered as one of the worst accidents in Navy.

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