Modi Again Targets Rajiv Gandhi For Family Vacation On INS Viraat
Prime Minister Narendra Modi again targeted the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. While campaigning for elections in Delhi on Wednesday, he said Rajiv Gandhi and family were sent for a vacation on board the Navy’s INS Viraat, opposing that the act had compromised national security.
INS Viraat, PM Modi said, was positioned for protection of Naval boundaries, when it was sent to transport Rajiv Gandhi and his family to an island for their holiday. Even his in-laws were on INS Viraat the warship.
Narendra accused that “Even Navy personnel were put on service of Rajiv Gandhi and his family while they were vacationing at the island. INS Viraat was also stationed at the island for 10 days during that time,” Modi fired at the Congress Party and other opposition parties of neglecting national security.
He tweeted about the matter as well, enclosing a news story by India Today from 1988.
Since the February 14 suicide attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama that killed 40 soldiers, and the subsequent air strikes at Pakistan’s Balakot, the BJP has built its campaign around the theme of nationalism and national security.
The Prime Minister has been under intense criticism over his comment that Rajiv Gandhi died as “Bhrashtachari corrupt number 1”. Most opposition leaders have condemned the statement, saying it was inappropriate of the Prime Minister to make such statements about a deceased person, who had been assassinated by terrorists.
Congress Party Cheif Rahul Gandhi had responded with love and hug, his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had said the Prime Minister, despite his party’s nationalistic credentials, had criticised Rajiv Gandhi who was killed for political benefits.