Prime Minister Narendra Modi targeted Congress president Sonia Gandhi over the AgustaWestland helicopter deal Sunday, saying it was not his government but a court in Italy that has mentioned her name in connection with the deal.
Modi, who addressed a series of rallies in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, launched the attack in Thiruvananthapuram.
“Madam Soniaji, aap ki yeh himmat? You are spreading lies… about the helicopter deal,” Modi said. “Our government has not mentioned your name or your party’s name in the last two years. The names have come from a court in Italy.”
Modi asked the crowd, “Do you have anyone you know in Italy? Do you have relatives in Italy? Have you been to Italy? Does anyone know you in Italy? Everyone knows who has an Italian connection.”
He added, “Those who have paid the bribe are in jail. Soon, those who have taken the bribe will be in jail. The nation wants to know how much money has been looted in the helicopter deal.”
In Kanyakumari earlier during the day, Modi had said UPA leaders had taken money in the purchase of helicopters. “We are not saying this, a court in Italy is saying this.”
He brought up 2G too: “There was coal scam, 2G and 3G. In the 2G and 3G scams, big names from Tamil Nadu were involved and they played a major role. The entire country knows about it,” he said.
He claimed his government has done away with corruption that used to take place in job interviews during the UPA regime. “How does corruption take place?” he said. “In our country, if the youth want employment, they apply to the government, take examinations, then an interview call comes. When the call comes, he finds out if there is someone he knows or if he can give some money to someone to get the job. The father sells off his land, the mother sells off her jewellery so that the son clears the interview and gets the job,” he said. “If an interview happens, then there will be corruption, won’t it? So the central government decided that class III and class IV jobs will be given on the basis of results of the written examinations. We did away with interviews and corruption went away.”
Apart from corruption, Modi targeted the Congress and the CPM for alleged “adjustment politics” in Kerala. “There is an adjustment — you will not open any of our corruption files and we will not open any of your files,” Modi said at a rally in Kasargode. “That is what happens in Kerala… It is a contract rule between the UDF and the LDF. For five years you will rule and for another five years we will rule.”
Modi mocked the two parties for their understanding in West Bengal: “They are engaged in dosti in Bengal and kushti in Kerala.” He said that the CPM says in Kerala that the Congress is corrupt and bad for the state but says in in West Bengal that the Congress is its friend.