The Minister accused Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi of raising important issues including 'One Rank One Pension' (OROP) without understanding it. A combative Parrikar, who has been accused by the Congress of "compromising national security", said it took the brief spell of Arun Jaitley as the Defence Minister to start "moving the wheels" in the sector.

However, he cited, he will not assess the damage caused due to the "stalemate". "He (Antony) cannot escape the responsibility but I will not assess the level of damage because everyone has a style of functioning," Parrikar told reporters.

"What I inherited was stalemate. Arunji had tried and started moving the wheels. But in many issues, there was hardly any time for him because he was there only for five months. But he had started moving the  wheels. I think I have started putting speed on that."

He also wondered how can "anyone get away from the responsibility if something has not gone well". Parrikar asserted he can give an excuse of paucity of time if somebody questions him why he has not completed the unfinished tasks since he has been in the Ministry only for seven months.

"After one year, I still can complain that I could not complete many of my tasks. But if after two years, I complain that still many are pending, then I think I have no right to complain," he said.

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