Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, addressing a rally in Ratlam on Monday, 13 May, said that former prime ministers Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi built the Indian Army when Narendra Modi did not even know to “wear his pant and pyjamas.”
Taking a dig at the prime minister for talking about national security and not about his five years of governance, Nath said:
"“PM Modi is not able to give any answers for his five years in office, but then what does he talk about? He talks about national security... When he did not even know to wear pant-pyjama, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi were building India’s Army.”" - Kamal Nath, Madhya Pradesh CM
‘No PM Has Made Fun of Military Might’
The Congress had, earlier in the day, hit out at the prime minister over his remarks that cloud cover could help IAF planes evade Pakistani radars during the Balakot strikes, saying that while "boasting" he "disrespected war strategy" and committed an "unforgivable crime".
In an interview to a private news channel aired on Saturday, Modi said he relied on his “raw wisdom” to dispel doubts of defence experts who wanted the air strikes to be deferred due to inclement weather.
Taking a swipe at Modi, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweeted, "In 70 years no PM has made fun of military might, but Modi ji kept his raw wisdom above military's professionalism."
" “He is so busy garnering votes in the name of military that he ended up insulting the forces. While boasting, Modi ji disrespected war strategy and committed an unforgivable crime.”" - Randeep Surjewala, Congress Spokesperson
CPI(M) Moves EC Over Modi’s Remarks
The CPI(M) has also moved the Election Commission, alleging that Modi had revealed "operational details of a sensitive military mission" in the interview with the purpose to influence voters.
Rejecting the charge, senior BJP leader and Union Minister Prakash Javadekar had said, "PM Modi did not reveal anything (about the Balakot strike) he was not supposed to reveal."
(With PTI inputs.)
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