For Congress, the defence sector is only about brokering deals, says PM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday attacked the Congress, saying for the Opposition party, the defence sector was only about brokering deals.
Modi’s comments came after party President Rahul Gandhi upped the ante on the Rafale row by quoting a media report, saying the PMO conducted “parallel” negotiations on the deal.
Addressing a party rally at Perumanallur, about 13 km from here, he said the NDA’s work culture was different from that of the previous governments.
Targeting the Congress, he said: “Those who had got opportunity to rule the nation for years did not bother about India’s defence sector. For them, Prime Minister Narendra Modi
this sector was only about brokering deals and helping their own set of friends.”
“From the seas to the skies, the Congress has several scams associated with defence, and in the process, the party did not allow the modernisation of defence forces for the time they were in power,” Modi said.
“The NDA’s approach to national security is different,” he said and outlined that it was the dream of his government that India be self-sufficient in defence production and where “our forces have all possible support they require to keep our nation safe.”
He referred to the “pathbreaking” step of creating two defence corridors one of which is in Tamil Nadu.
He said a defence corridor will bring industry and investment options and opportunities for the State’s youth.
Replying to theOpposition’s attack on him, the Prime Minister said their “political culture of abusing Modi may give them some space in television but the elections are fought on one’s vision for the nation, not slander and attack.”