Rahul Taunts Modi over Claim on Cloud Cover During Air Strikes

Rahul Gandhi at the rally also sought to know what did Modi do for the jobless youth.

Updated14 May 2019, 11:53 AM IST
Elections
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Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday, 14 May, took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his remarks that cloud cover "helped" IAF planes evade Pakistani radars during the Balakot air strikes.

Addressing an election rally ahead of the fourth and last phase of Lok Sabha polls in Madhya Pradesh, Gandhi also sought to know what did Modi do for the jobless youth.

"Modi ji, whenever it rains in India, do all aircraft disappear from the radar," Gandhi said.

The Congress leader also made a veiled reference to Modi's interaction with actor Akshay Kumar in which the PM revealed that he loved mangoes as a child and still loves them.

"Modi ji, you taught (us) how to eat mangoes; now tell the country what you did for jobless youth," he said.

Priyanka Mocks PM Modi’s Cloud Theory, Says He’s on People’s Radar

On Monday, 13 May, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on also took a jibe at PM Modi over his statement about IAF aircrafts evading Pakistan radars during the Balakot air strike due to the “cloudy weather”.

At a roadshow in Indore's Rajwada Chowk, the Congress leader said:

“He believed that he won’t come on people’s radar due to the cloudy weather,” said the Congress general secretary in Hindi amid cheers from the crowd that had thronged the traffic junction.

In an interview aired on Saturday, Modi had said, “The weather was not good on the day of air strike. There was a thought that crept in the minds of the experts that the day of strike should be changed. However, I suggested that the clouds could actually help our planes escape the radars.”

The Congress leader further said that Modi promised a corruption-free government but went ahead and perpetrated a "Rs 30,000 crore Rafale scam".

“He is such a big defence expert that he alone decided that the Rafale aircraft will be manufactured by a company that has never built one ever. It was given land as well. But be it rain or sunshine, people came to know what is the truth of this man’s politics,” she claimed.

Taking on Modi for berating the achievements of former prime ministers Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, she said Modi was like the school student who knowing that he would lose the race, deliberately falls and starts blaming others for it.

She further alleged that the prime minister had no time for the poor and the one time she saw a photograph of him holding a child in his arms, it turned out to be that of BJP chief Amit Shah's grandchild and not of some ordinary citizen.

Modi is a “cowardly” politician as he does not have the courage to listen to the voice of the public, she claimed.

(This story has inputs from two PTI copies)

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Published: 13 May 2019, 10:42 PM IST

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