Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday slammed the Congress party for undermining the security of the country on various occasions and supporting those who want to weaken the Indian Army.
“Today, there are two camps in the country. One is the government that is trying to strengthen our Army. The other wants to weaken our Army at any cost,” the prime minster said while flagging off the 900th coach of Modern Rail Factory and a Humsafar Rake in Rae Bareli, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s Lok Sabha constituency. He launched over Rs 1,000 crore worth of projects here.
In an oblique reference to Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s verbal attacks on him over the Rafale jet deal with France, the prime minister said: “The country is seeing that the Congress stands by those powers who don’t want our armed forces to be strengthened.”
He said the nation was watching “such people” who were “getting support of countries pitted against India”, he said. “What is the reason that people in Pakistan clap when some of our leaders speak?”
He accused the Congress of raising questions over the dignity of the Defence Ministry, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Air Force, France and the Supreme Court over the purchase of Rafale jet aircraft.
“Some people only accept lies and speak lies. For them the country’s Defence Ministry, Defence Minister and Air Force officers are liars. The French government is also a liar. Now, the country’s Supreme Court is also a liar for them,” the prime minister said in an oblique reference to the Congress party’s reactions over the apex court’s verdict on Rafale deal which gave clean chit to the Modi Government post-State Assembly elections.
He said the “country will never forgive the Congress over its attitude towards the Army”.
“What kind of people are they who do not care about the country? I know that they want to abuse Modi. They want to frame Modi for corruption. But I want to know why they have put the country’s pride at stake for this? Why is national security being put on stake?” the prime minister added.
He alsoaccused the Congress of ignoring the military’s demand for modern aircraft and bulletproof jackets.
“After Kargil War, our armed forces sought modern aircraft. The Congress ruled the country for 10 years but it did not strengthen the Air Force. The Army demanded 186,000 bulletproof jackets in 2009 but the demand was not met. After forming the government in 2014, we purchased and handed over 50,000 bulletproof jackets. In April, an order has been given to procure all 186,000 bulletproof jackets which are being manufactured here,” said Prime Minister Modi.
He also chose to slam the Congress on defence deals, the Congress history was linked with Bofors scamster “Quattrocchi Mama”. Italian businessman Quattrocchi was linked bribery charges in the Bofors scandal.
Another “uncle Christian Michel”, Modi said, was involved in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper procurement deal.
“We have also seen how the Congress sent its lawyer to save this accused. I want to know why the Congress is enraged and speaking lies. Is it all because there is no ‘Quattrocchi Mama’ and ‘Christian Michel uncle’ in defence deals being done by BJP government?”
“Had a Congress government been formed after 2014, our pride, Tejas fighter jet, would have been put in cold storage…Our government gave permission to buy 83 new Tejas fighter planes. We also gave permission to sanction Rs 1,400 crore to double the capacity of HAL to manufacture Tejas.