New Delhi: At a time when the death toll in the communal violence in North East Delhi has gone up to 37, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said the situation in violence-hit Delhi was returning to normal. “The situation in Delhi is becoming normal to a good extent,” he said. Also Read - Delhi Violence: High Court Gives Police Month Time to Review Action on Hate Speeches

He said this while responding to a query on the increasing death toll in the communal violence in North East Delhi. Also Read - Delhi Violence: ‘BJP Working to Restore Peace’ Says Javadekar, Blames Congress For Doing Politics

However, Rajnath Singh declined to comment on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s demand for bringing in Army to restore normalcy in the national capital. Also Read - Delhi Violence: CBSE to Conduct Fresh Exams For Students Who Couldn't Appear For Papers

The statement from the Defence minister comes after Kejriwal on Wednesday said the Army should be called in to control the situation in North East Delhi.

In another development, Rajnath Singh stated that the annual Indian defence exports will touch Rs 35,000 crore by 2024 from the current level of Rs 17,000 crore.

Expressing confidence that India is emerging as one of three major economies of the world by 2030, the defence minister said the defence industries will have an important role to play in the matter.

“India’s defence export is growing. In the last two years our export has been Rs 17,000 crore but keeping in view your (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited) capacity in the successive years, I can say that by 2024 Rs 35,000 crore. I am confident about it,” the Defence Minister said.