Modi flays Rafale deal row has weakening armed forces

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today strongly refuted accusation against him by Congress party, particularly on Rafale deal. In his interview with ANI, he said that Congress is trying to throw muck on him even though it has nothing to prove  him wrong.

He lamented that those levelling allegations on him are actually weakening the security forces. He added that in spite of allegations from the Congress in the Rafale deal, he will continue to expedite the procurement process in defence so that country’s security is not compromised.

“Those people who want to weaken the Army are levelling allegations. Should I worry that they are making personal attacks on me, or whether my country’s needs should be met? I decided that whatever abuses are hurled at me, whatever allegations are levelled against me, I will continue on the path of honesty and give primacy to the country’s security. I won’t leave my Army jawans merely to their fate. Whatever be their requirement, I will expedite the procurement processes. I will do it even if allegations are levelled me,” he added.

When asked why he was silent on the Congress accusation of crony capitalism and alleged favouring of Anil Ambani in the Rafale deal, the Prime Minister said that “In Parliament, I have spoken elaborately on this and whichever public forum I got, I spoke about this. The matter has been cleared even by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court scrutinised it threadbare. The French President has spoken”, he said.

The Prime Minister said that there should be debate in the country on why controversies have been created over defence deals since Independence and on need for middlemen in defence purchases.

He wondered that why controversies have been created over defence deals since Independence and our forces weakened. Who is doing it? What is the reason? Also, what is the need for middlemen in the defence deals? Can’t defence deal not be done without middlemen? Had Make in India been initiated 70 years back, the malai khane wala raasta from outside would have been closed.

Modi deplored that his crime is that he is trying to Make In India. His crime is that whatever our defence forces need, that should be made in India, so that dealings outside the country end. He is trying to get technology transfer.  The Prime Minister sought to dispel the Congress allegation that the purchase would harm his Make in India initiative.



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