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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, 9 January, tore into Congress President Rahul Gandhi for saying he made ‘a woman’ defend him in the Parliament over the Rafale deal, a reference to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, terming the remark as an insult to all the women in the country.
Mounting a fresh offensive against the Congress as well as the SP and the BSP in rallies in Solapur in Maharashtra and Agra in Uttar Pradesh, Modi also called himself a chowkidar (watchman) who can pick a wrongdoer even in darkness in his fight against corruption.
Modi also latched on to media reports that claimed alleged middleman Christian Michel, arrested in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case, was lobbying for French manufacturer Rafale's rivals in the multi-role aircraft deal when the earlier government was in power.
"“Congress should answer which leader of their party, now shouting about this (Rafale deal), has a connection with Michel. They should give an account of each and every penny spent.”" - Narendra Modi, Prime Minister
Targeting the Congress, Modi asked the Congress to clarify what was driving its ongoing allegations on the Rafale fighter jet procurement issue.
Modi said the smooth passage of the bill in the Lok Sabha is a "strong answer" by the Parliament to those spreading lies.
In Agra, Modi hit out at the Akhilesh Yadav-led SP and the Mayawati-headed BSP, saying political rivals, who did not even like to look at each other, were now coming together just to oppose the BJP.
"“Rivals are coming together just to oppose us. Political rivals, who didn’t even like to look at each other, are now coming together just to oppose us.”" - Narendra Modi, Prime Minister
On the Lok Sabha's approval of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, Modi assured people of Assam and the North-East their rights will not be curtailed in any way.
(With inputs from PTI)
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