New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday asserted that India has changed under the NDA government and can no longer be cowed down by anyone in the world.
“New India is a leader, fearless and decisive. Unlike in the past, now no one can dare threaten India,'” PM Narendra Modi said.
Speaking at a conclave in New Delhi, Mr Modi attacked the and 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.
Days after the airstrike against terror camp in Pakistan and subsequent events, the PM said that 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 abs-ence 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.
“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? The entire nation knows. And Lutyens Delhi, surely knows,” said PM Modi.
Those who ruled the nation for many years started scams from jeeps and went on with Bofors guns, VVIP choppers among others, said Modi. In our tenure, the corridors of power are also free from middlemen because they know, this government will not tolerate any corruption, said Mr Modi.
Not one bullet proof jacket was bought from 2009-2014. We bought two lakh thirty thousand bullet proof jackets, said Mr Modi. He also mentioned one rank one pension a 40-year pending demand of military veterans fulfilled by the government, said Mr Modi.
Our 55 months and the 55 years of the others have given two contrasting approaches to governance.