After facing lot of criticism over his “corrupt no. 1” remark at Rajiv Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi once again on Wednesday made sensational charge against the former PM.
Turning the clock back by 30 years, an issue that was more a talking point during the 1989 Lok Sabha poll campaign, the PM accused the Gandhi family of using warship INS Viraat as its “personal taxi” for a holiday when Rajiv Gandhi was at the helm. Earlier, Modi had called the former PM “Bhrashtachari no. 1”.
“Ever imagined that a premier warship of the Indian armed forces could be used as a taxi for a personal holiday? One dynasty did it,” Modi asked. He said the Navy was made to host the Gandhi family and Rajiv Gandhi’s in-laws, and a helicopter was also deployed in their service. “INS Viraat was insulted by using it as a personal taxi. This happened when Rajiv Gandhi and his family was out for a 10-day vacation. INS Viraat was deployed for securing our maritime boundary. But it was diverted to take the Gandhi family which was out for a vacation,” Modi said.
“Rajiv Gandhi was accompanied by his in-laws who had come from Italy. Question is whether the security of the country was not compromised by taking foreigners onboard a warship,” Modi asked.
He also claimed that after picking up the Gandhi family, INS Viraat halted at an island for 10 days. Aircraft carrier INS Viraat was commissioned into the Indian Navy in 1987. After nearly 30 years of service, it was decommissioned in 2016.
The Prime Minister then asked whether the presence of “foreigners on the warship did not amount to playing with the security of the country. Or was it allowed just because he was Rajiv Gandhi?”
Taking a pot shot at the Congress’ NYAY scheme, Modi said, “Congress has started to talk about Nyay (justice), but I want to ask them who shall do justice to the victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riots?”
In this phase of elections, the PM has launched a sustained attack on the Gandhi family. Apart from Delhi, the PM also addressed public meetings in Haryana’s Fatehabad and Kurukshetra on Wednesday. Haryana’s 10 and Delhi’s 7 Lok Sabha seats go to the polls on May 12.
“They brought anarchy and cheated the people of the country”-PM Modi while targetting the AAP government in Delhi
“They disrespected every institution and cheated the people of the country. They had entered politics to bring change but they themselves have changed. They blame others to hide their own failures. They supported the ‘tukde tukde gang’ and also stood with the Khalistanis.
“They are full of negativity and they have stalled all the pro-poor Central government schemes in Delhi like the Ayushman Bharat and the 10 per cent reservation for the economically backward section,” he said.
The Prime Minister also said that the country which witnessed frequent bomb blasts earlier has seen a change after 2014 as no bomb blasts took place in the national capital where people are now feeling secure.
New India did not beg in front of anyone- PM Modi
Highlighting the achievements of his government, Modi said, “Masood Azhar has been declared a global terrorist by the United Nations Security Council. Earlier, inflation used to be the main issue during elections, but this time it is no longer a poll issue due to the works that our government did in the last five years,” he said.
He also said that new India did not beg in front of anyone. “The new India now gives befitting reply to the terrorists inside their homes,” he said, referring to the air strike carried out by the Indian Air Force in Pakistan’s Balakot on February 26 and the surgical strikes conducted across the broder in 2016.
Modi also said that Goods and Services Tax (GST) has eased the process of doing business across the country.
Modi also said that the bond between Delhi and BJP was strong and the party will keep on working for Delhi’s welfare.
He said the BJP-led NDA government has not only improved the country’s ranking in ease of doing business, but it is also working towards ease of living.
He said that price rise used to be a major issue in every election, but the NDA government has been able to bring it under control and the Opposition parties could no longer speak about it now.
The Prime Minister said that the poor now have access to houses, toilets and electricity besides enjoying the benefits of the Ayushman Bharat scheme.
Talking about the middle class, Modi said, “The middle class has benefited from the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. Keeping annual income of up to Rs 5 lakh outside the ambit of income tax too has helped them.”
He also said that the government had introduced the RERA act to empower the people, especially the middle class, which dreams of having their own house.
Talking about the pollution issue in the national capital, Modi said, “Pollution is a major challenge which threatens Delhi, and the solution lies in using better technology and modern transport.”
He also said that the earlier governments didn’t show much interest in the peripheral roads of the city, which led to a rise in pollution levels as thousands of trucks from Uttar Pradesh and Haryana used to enter the city.
“But after the construction of the eastern and western peripheral highways, trucks now directly go to their respective destinations without entering the city, thus helping in curbing air pollution,” he said.
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