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Modi slams Congress for mocking at surgical strike, says national security is a punching bag for Rahul Gandhi-led party

Chennai, PTI | Updated : 15 December 2018, 10:58 PM
National security is a punching bag for Congress: PM Modi (File Photo)
National security is a punching bag for Congress: PM Modi (File Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday hit out at the Congress party, saying national security and defence sector were either a punching bag or a funding source for it.

“For the Congress, national security and the defence sector is either a punching bag or a funding source,” he said in an interaction with BJP workers from Tamil Nadu through video conference from New Delhi.

The Prime Minister alleged that the (Congress) leaders mock at the surgical strike on the one hand while on the other, they have looted defence sector from the jeep scam back in the 1940s and 50s to the Bofors in the 80s, the AgustaWestland and submarine scam, among many others.

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“All they see is the way to make money even if it means the morale of our forces is diminished,” Modi said. “We are proud of our forces and have faith in them,” the Prime Minister added.

During an election campaign in Rajasthan recently, Modi had slammed Congress president Rahul Gandhi for “raising doubts” over the cross-border surgical strike carried out by the Army in September 2016. He had alleged that the military operation left the opposition party dejected instead of elated.

Modi's jibe at the Congress came after Gandhi accused him of shaping the Army’s surgical strike across the LoC into a “political asset” and being “unsuccessful” in creating job opportunities for the youth.

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PM Modi was interacting with the BJP cadres of five Lok Sabha seats in Tamil Nadu via video conference from New Delhi this evening.PM Modi was interacting with the BJP cadres of five Lok Sabha seats in Tamil Nadu via video conference from New Delhi this evening.

First Published: Saturday, December 15, 2018 10:54 PM
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