Vastavam web: Days after the airstrike against terror camp in Pakistan and subsequent events, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the country was feeling the absence of Rafale and results would have been different if India had the fighter jets as he attacked the Congress for its tirade against his government over the aircraft deal. “India is feeling the absence of Rafale. The entire country is saying in one voice today, that if we had Rafale, the results 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.
Modi said he wanted to tell all those opposing him that they were free to criticise him and point out shortcomings but they should not harm the country’s security interests. Tearing into the Congress, Modi alleged its rule saw many defence scams. “They began with jeeps and later graduated to weapons, submarines, helicopters. The defence sector suffered in the process,” he said. “Those who ruled the country had interests in two things – doles and deals. The culture of doles and deals has harmed the country,” he said targeting the Congress.
“Why is it that those who ruled the nation for so many years have so many defence scams in their era? “If a deal could not happen, defence modernisation could not happen. Who is every middle-man close to,” he asked, adding “the entire nation knows. And Lutyens Delhi, surely knows.” Modi said his government’s 55 months in power and 55 years of others’ rule had given two contrasting approaches to governance. Previous governments had a token approach’, we have a total approach’, he said. A day after the return of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, Modi said the life of every jawan was valuable to us.
He also said that there was fear in the neighbouring country of the bravery and valour of Indian armed forces and it was good. He also criticised the previous Congress governments for not doing anything to implement the OROP (One rank, one pension) scheme for armed forces and asked why there was no war memorial for the soldiers. Pakistan retaliated by attempting to target Indian military installations on Wednesday. However, the IAF thwarted their plans. IAF pilot Varthaman shot down an F-16 fighter of the Pakistan Air Force shortly before his jet was hit during the fierce dogfight.