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After Congress' jibe, PM Modi asks them to 'use common sense' over Rafale remark

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 4 March 2019, 17:44 IST
PM Narendra Modi

In the run up to the Lok Sabha polls, the political jibe by the two national party (BJP & Congress) has begun and today, at a rally in Jamnagar, PM Narendra Modi got irked with Congress’ remark over the Rafale.

As PM Modi had stated that ‘If India had Rafale, (during the aerial warfare) with Pakistan, the story could have been different.’

Today, PM Modi in the rally said, “Please use common sense; what I said was if we had Rafale at the time of air strikes, than none of our fighter jets would have gone down and none of theirs saved. I said if Rafale was acquired in time, it would have made a difference. But they say Modi is questioning our air force strike.”

The Congress party has alleged that in the 36 aircraft deal with France, it has benefited Anil Ambani led Reliance Defence with over Rs 30,000 crore and also delayed the delivery of the fighter jets.

Rahul Gandhi tweeted on PM Modi’s remark over Rafale’s presence, saying, “Dear PM, have you no shame at all? You stole 30,000 crores and gave it to your friend Anil (Ambani). YOU are solely responsible for the delay in the arrival of the Rafale jets. YOU are WHY brave IAF pilots like Wing Cdr. Abhinandan, are risking their lives flying outdated jets.”

Few days back, it was in the India Today Conclave 2019 where PM Narendra Modi reiterated that “The country is feeling the absence of Rafale. The entire country is saying in one voice today, what all could have happened if we had Rafale.”

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First published: 4 March 2019, 17:43 IST