Cong made India's defence sector 'a den of brokers & middlemen", says PM Modi

Cong made Indias defence sector a den of brokers & middlemen, says PM Modi

New Delhi: Stepping up attack against the principal opposition party, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday lashed out at the Congress party for what he said making country's defence sector a "den of brokers and middlemen" and that this has contributed over the years in disallowing India's military prowess to get stronger. "Not many people know the damage 'Congress Culture' did to our defence sector. For decades, they made the defence sector a den of brokers and middlemen…the people behind attacks on our defence procurement are often middlemen from the Congress era and international forces who want to ensure that India's military doesn't get stronger," Prime Minister said interacting with BJP workers from Arakkonam, Cuddalore, Krishnagiri, Erode, Cuddalore and Dharmapuri in Tamil Nadu through NamoApp. In reference to Briton middleman Christian Michel, Mr Modi further said: "The people of the country deserve to know how did middleman Michel know about the time of a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Security. The people of the country deserve to know how did middleman Michel know about the status of a government file. The people of the country deserve to know how did middleman Michel manage the leadership of a party to get the deal". Prime Minister said:

"The people of the country deserve to know what role did middleman Michel play in delaying the procurement of Rafale for 10 long years". In what is seen as hint to woo alliance partners in Tamil Nadu, where BJP has organisational weaknesses and has been sending feelers to regional parties, Prime Minister said the BJP is open to alliances as the party cherished its old friends. Mr Modi said that the BJP has always been inspired from the vision of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. "A strong NDA is an article of faith for us," he remarked. Appreciating the work done by social media supporters in putting forward the party's position and views on critical issues on various social media platforms, Prime Minister Modi acknowledged the growing significance of social media these days and said, "We are living in the era of social media. You would have seen yourself, how friends on social media are consistently countering the lies of people and presenting our point of view. I congratulate them for the great work they do." Tamil Nadu, Prime Minister Modi enumerated a plethora of initiatives in sectors from infrastructure to investment and from the social sector to skill development and described how these projects will go a long way in transforming the lives of people in Tamil Nadu. "No government has done for Tamil Nadu as much as we have. We are working hard to bring a holistic change in the lives of poor across various sectors." The BJP had fought the 2014 Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu leading a six-party alliance comprising smaller parties, including the DMDK, the PMK and Vaiko-led MDMK, and won two of the 39 seats -- one each by the saffron party and PMK. However, all five parties snapped ties with the BJP later. "It is not a compulsion. Even when the BJP won a strong majority on its own, we preferred to run the government with our allies," Prime Minister said.

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