PARIS JET AIM
Union defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman is part of the firefighting team waging the government’s perception battle against the Congress party’s allegations of nepotism in the Rs 59,000 crore Rafale deal with France. She was in Egypt on a two-day official tour when the controversial interview with French president Francois Hollande broke out. But she is clearly in no hurry to attend her next overseas engagement: to Paris to meet with her French counterpart Florence Parly for a strategic dialogue. The meeting, due in September, might now take place in October, defence ministry officials say, as mutually convenient dates are being worked out. Enough ruffled feathers over Rafale.