Congress counterattacks Modi, alleges him of using IAF jets as taxi
By  Shimon Chadha | Updated:  May 10, 2019, 10:38 AM
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala replied to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent barb of accusing the Gandhi family of using the INS Viraat as a personal taxi, by saying that the PM pays as “low as Rs. 744 for using Indian Air Force jets for election trips”.
Surjewala said, “Distraction and fakery is your last resort. You have made Indian Air Force jets your own Taxi! You have paid as low as Rs 744 for using IAF jets for election trips! Scared of your own sins haunting you, you are shamelessly pointing fingers on others!”
The Haryana MLA was citing a media report, which had said that the BJP paid around Rs. 1.4 crore to the Indian Air Force for 240 “non-official domestic trips” made by the PM in his five-year tenure. The report, based on a RTI, gave the instance of the BJP paying an amount as low as Rs. 744 for an H/P Balangir-H/P Patharchera trip by Modi in January this year.
The attack by the Congress was in reply to Modi’s allegations on former Prime Minister late Rajiv Gandhi. Referring to the vacation taken by the Gandhi family to the Lakshadweep islands in 1987, Modi had said that not only was the aircraft carrier stationed at the island for the ten day vacation period, but also Navy personnel were “put on service of Rajiv Gandhi and his family”. Modi claimed that it was a “compromise of national security”.
Earlier, Modi had accused the former PM of being “Bhrashtachari No.1”, earning harsh criticism from opposition parties, including Gandhi’s children- Congress President Rahul Gandhi, and Congress General Secretary in charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
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