Lucknow: Slamming the Congress Party for putting up blame on Bharatiya Janata Party over Rafale deal and giving a befitting reply to the opposition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that in defence deals, the Congress’s history includes people like Quattrocchi, steeped in the Bofors scam.
Addressing a rally in former Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s Lok Sabha constituency of Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh just days after the BJP lost power to the Congress in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, Modi questioned the Congress on why it did not strengthen the Air Force despite demands by the military after the Kargil war.
He said: “Humare liye dal se bada desh hai…Inhe desh ki parwah nahi hai…Modi ko woh kisi bhi tarah ek daag laga dena chahte hain…Lekin uske liye desh ko taak pe kyon rakh diya gaya hai. (For us, the country is bigger than the party. They (Congress) do not care about the country, they just want to put a blot on Modi…they have put the country at stake for that).”
Asking if the Army should have modern weapons or not, Modi said: “Desh dekh raha hai ki Congress kin taakaton ke saath khadi hai…Aise kin deshon? (The country is watching who the Congress is standing with and what kind of forces and which countries).” The Prime Minister also asked why people clap in Pakistan, when “some politicians” in India speak.
Attacking the Congress on defence deals, Modi said: “Vayu sena ko majboot nahi hone diya. Kiske dabav mein? Raksha saudon ke mamle mein congress ka itihas Bofors ghotale wale Quattrochi mama ka raha hai. (The Congress did not strengthen the Air Force? Under whose pressure? In defence deals, the Congress’s history includes people like [Ottavio] Quattrocchi, steeped in the Bofors scam).”
Modi also said that when Christian Michel was brought to India in the AgustaWestland chopper deal, which took place during the Congress regime, “everyone saw how the Congress sent its lawyer to save” him.