‘Made IAF jets your taxis’: Congress hits back at PM

The Congress today strongly hit back against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s accusation that former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had used INS Viraat warship as `personnel taxi’ and lamented the Prime Minister of using Indian Air Force (IAF) jets for campaigning during elections.

“Modiji, Distraction & Fakery is your last resort You have made Indian Air Force jets your own Taxi! You have paid as low as₹744 for using IAF jets for election trips! Scared of your own sins haunting u, you are shamelessly pointing fingers on others!” Randeep Surjewala tweeted.

He cited a media report to attack the prime minister. The media report, based on an RTI, said the  BJP trips” made by Modi since the start of his tenure as prime minister till January 2019. “In some cases, the amount paid seemed to be quite low. For example, the BJP paid Rs 744 for a ‘H/P Balangir-H/P Patharchera’ trip by Modi on January 15, 2019,” the report added.

“In some cases, the amount paid seemed to be quite low. For example, the BJP paid Rs 744 for a ‘H/P Balangir-H/P Patharchera’ trip by Modi on January 15, 2019,” the report said.

‘Rahul Gandhi says the armed forces are no one’s personal forces. But the Gandhis used INS Viraat as their personal taxi when Rajiv Gandhi as Prime Minister was on a 10-day holiday. The ship was on duty but was diverted to pick up the Gandhis,” Modi had said at an election rally in Delhi last evening.

“Rajiv Gandhi’s in-laws were also present. Should foreigners have been carried on an Indians warship? Wasn’t this playing with India’s security?” he had asked. After that, Union minister Arun Jaitley pointed out the difference between the leaders of the ruling BJP and Congress.

“The Kaamdars use India’s Naval assets to strike at terror. The Naamdars use them for personal vacations with family and in-laws,” Arun Jaitley tweeted earlier today. INS Viraat, India’s first aircraft carrier, was formally decommissioned in March 2017.

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