India Missing Rafale Now, Says PM Modi; Rahul Gandhi Retorts


The country felt the absence of Rafale aircraft, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, adding that the nation suffered “a great loss” due to the swaarthneeti (policy of self-interest) and the policy surrounding the agreement with France. The comment came days after the Indian Air Force lost a MiG-21 in an aerial battle with the modern F-16 aircraft of Pakistan. Before crashing into the Pakistani side of the control line, the plane’s pilot, wing commander Abhinandhan Varthaman also shot down an F-16. He remained in Pakistan’s custody for almost 60 hours and was released on Friday.

“The country is feeling the absence of Rafale, the whole country is saying with one voice today, what could have happened if we had Rafale, the country has suffered a lot due to selfish interests before and now to Rafale policy” , He said. in his speech at the India Today conclave, which was tweeted by the official address of the Prime Minister’s Office.

The prime minister’s tweet earned him an equally sharp attack from the president of Congress, Rahul Gandhi, who said that Prime Minister Modi was responsible for the delay in the arrival of Rafale planes.

“Dear PM, are you not ashamed? You stole 30,000 million rupees and gave it to your friend Anil (Ambani) .You are the only one responsible for the delay in the arrival of Rafale’s jets.” Abhinandan, they are risking their lives flying outdated aircraft, “Mr. Gandhi wrote.

Congress and its chief, Rahul Gandhi, have filed charges of corruption in the Rafale plane agreement. They say that the price of the airplanes was inflated, and the public sector company, HAL, was ignored by a compensation contract to provide an undue benefit to Reliance Defense, a company owned by industrialist Anil Ambani.

“Oppose Modi if you want, find flaws in our schemes, I will always welcome you, but do not oppose the well-being of the country, keep in mind that in your unconditional attack by Modi, you do not support terrorists like Masood Azhar and Hafiz Saeed. , and those who take care of them “, wrote modi PM Modi.

He also praised the foreign policy of his government and said: “I remember that in 2014 there used to be discussions about Modi not understanding global issues, what would happen to our foreign policy? I would have seen the impact of India’s foreign policy.”

The Indian Air Force pilot, Abhinandan Varthaman, captured by Pakistan on Wednesday, was freed amid growing international pressure on the country to reduce a confrontation with India triggered by the Pulwama terror attack.