Modi hails Jaitley, Sitharaman for response on Oppn’s lies on Rafale deal

Vastavam web: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday said Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had given a “detailed response” to the “lies” on the Rafale deal in Parliament and had placed facts before the people. Modi was speaking to BJP workers from Anantapuramu, Kadapa, Kurnool, Narsaraopet and Tirupati Lok Sabha constituencies via video-conference.

“Nirmala Sitharaman and Arun Jaitley had placed all facts related to the country’s security in Parliament. They replied to each and every word of lies with facts and figures. After many years, Parliament witnessed such a detailed response of the government,” he said, referring to last week’s debate on Rafale fighter aircraft deal in Lok Sabha. Tearing into the opposition parties, Modi said there were only two political teams in the country presently, the NDA led by the BJP and the other a “jamghat” (motley group) of dynasts.

While the BJP’s mantra was “na khaunga, na khane doonga”, the mantra of others (opposition) was loot in the name of every scheme, he said. “We are the ones who protect each and every paisa of the country’s money,” Modi said. Noting there was “something special” about his party, Modi warned other parties against “underestimating the power” of BJP karyakartas (functionaries). Responding to complaints made by BJP leaders of threats being issued by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu to BJP workers, Modi said it was a “direct outcome” of “nervousness and insecurity” (of the TDP chief).

“Nowadays in the country, those who are unable to get into the people’s hearts, and whom the people are not ready to accept, are adopting a violent path. Everyday, our workers are getting killed in Kerala. But still, our workers are not deterred. In AP too, there are atrocities against BJP workers,” Modi pointed out. In an apparent reference to the AP CM, Modi said, “When does a person lose his cool and become nervous? When does a person start threatening? Do you threaten someone or get angry at a political opponent if he does not matter at all?

“Remind those in AP, who underestimate the BJP, about Tripura. From zero (representation), we formed a government. The violence of the Communists (there) did not stop. Tell those in AP that the people have woken up. They have seen casteism, corruption, dynasty rule, muscle power and opportunism of the parties here,” he exhorted the workers. Stating that the people of AP were looking for a change, Modi said his party had what it took to create a prosperous and progressive AP. “They (TDP government) are not able to complete development works and that’s why their defeat is certain. The ruling TDP’s poor governance record is totally exposed,” he added.

“Don’t think people do not appreciate the truth, whatever be the propaganda of others. Explain the facts to the people. Don’t waste energy on those who spread falsehood because they have no other way than telling lies,” Modi told the party workers. Noting that 2019 has begun on a positive note, PM Modi said he had seen a surge of efforts from people from all walks of life over the last few days to achieve one aim — help BJP win maximum seats in the Lok Sabha election scheduled this year.