For Congress, the de­fence sec­tor is only about bro­ker­ing deals, says PM

The Hindu Business Line - - POLITICS -

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.”

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