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Modi-Cong trade charges over Rafale

Modi-Cong trade charges over Rafale
Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi
NEW DELHI, MAR 3 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 3/3/2019 12:10:19 PM IST

 Rafale jets could have delivered results: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday hit out at the opposition for doubting the armed forces on the anti-terror air strike in Pakistan and said the country is feeling the absence of Rafale fighter jets as the results could have been different if India had these aircraft.
He said the country has seen the influence of India’s foreign policy after the release of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman by Pakistan within three days of his capture.
Modi took on the Opposition over the issue of air strike, saying while the entire world stood behind India in its fight against terror, some parties in the country were questioning and raising doubts. He also hit out at his detractors, saying they are free to criticise him but their anti-Modi tirade should not harm the country’s security interests and help terrorists such as Masood Azhar and Hafiz Saeed. “India is feeling the absence of Rafale. The entire country is saying in one voice today, if we had Rafale probably the result would have been different.
“The country has suffered a lot due to selfish interests earlier and now politics over Rafale,” he said at the India Today Conclave.  “I want to ask these people whether they trust the capability of our armed forces or doubt it… A person like Modi will come and go, but India will remain… I want to tell such people that they are free to oppose Modi and point out shortcomings in government’s working, but do not help those harbouring terrorism.
He said that India’s unity has scared many within the country and outside. He said there was fear in the neighbouring country of the bravery and valour of Indian armed forces and it was good to learn that.
Modi responsible for delay in arrival of Rafale
Congress president Rahul Gandhi accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of being “solely responsible” for the delay in the arrival of Rafale jets.
“Dear PM, Have you no shame at all? YOU stole 30,000 Crore and gave it to your friend Anil. YOU are solely responsible for the delay in the arrival of the RAFALE jets,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted on Saturday. “YOU are WHY brave IAF pilots like Wing Cdr. Abhinandan, are risking their lives flying outdated jets,” Gandhi said on Twitter.
Congress Sunday claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has himself “questioned” the recent anti-terror air strike in Pakistan by his remarks that the country is feeling the absence of Rafale fighter jets as the results could have been different if India had these aircraft. The party also said it had neither sought proof of such strike earlier nor is it asking for it now.
“The PM has himself questioned the air strike. He said had the Rafale jets been there (with the IAF), the results would have been different. What is the meaning of this?” Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari posed during a press conference here. Asserting that Modi should himself explain what would have been different with Rafale jets, he held Modi responsible for the delay in induction of the French-made fighter jets into the IAF by “cancelling” the earlier negotiations.
The Congress also hit out at Modi alleging that the country witnessed his “monologue, fake bravado and narcissistic lies”. Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the prime minister is obsessed with one word-- ‘Modi’ -- and forgets that India is a thriving democracy of 132 crore people with a multitude of opinions.

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