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05 January 2019


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Bhubaneswar: In a scathing on the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi blamed the party for compromising with national security by hobnobbing with defence deal brokers.

At the Baripada public meeting here on Saturday, Modi said that it was during the Congress regime for a decade, a deep-rooted conspiracy was hatched to weaken the armed forces of India.

“Christian Mitchell had connections with top Congress leaders. He had all knowledge on the movement of classified files and minutes of crucial meetings held with the Cabinet Committee of Security. I am not sure if the Prime Minister had so much information as Mitchell,” said Modi.

The Prime Minister also raised the issue of the Madhya Pradesh Government placing recitation of Vande Mataram on hold in the ‘Mantralaya’ and stopping pension of Genreal Emergency prisoners.

“Look at the priority of a newly elected Government in Madhya Pradesh. Instead of focusing of development, MP’s Congress Government chose to stop the pension of Emergency prisoners and took exception on Vande Mataram’s recitation,” said Modi.

PM Modi added that Congress president Rahul Gandhi had a problem if he addresses public rallies with ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jay’.

Referring to Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman’s speech in the Lok Sabha on Friday, Modi said, “People who are raising questions (Rafael deal) had during their regime hatched a conspiracy weaken our defence forces. Now that their scheme of things has been exposed, the same people are playing tantrums in the Parliament.”

“A group of thieves in a community will first try to attack the security guard,” quipped Modi, referring to the Congress.

All said and done, Modi however, chose calculated criticism to attack the Odisha Government. “I am saddened by the manner in which a girl (Pipili gang rape victim) from Puri who was raped and murdered. The system could not fetch justice for the girl. I urge the State Government to take up the matter seriously,” said Modi.

Modi also raised questions on the rank of Odisha in women and child health parameters. “In 2014, the immunization in the country was less than 60 percent. A dedicated and focused approach has ensured that we are approaching 100 percent immunization in India,” he said.

The Prime Minister highlighted Ayushman Bharat and urged the State Government to be a part of this programme. On ‘Ujjwala’, Modi said, in 32 months, more than 6 crore beneficiaries have got gas connections under this scheme.

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Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India