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Gandhi family used INS Viraat as 'personal taxi', says PM Narendra Modi

Modi also claimed that after picking up the Gandhi family, INS Viraat halted at an island for 10 days

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Delhi Lok Sabha Election Candidates at Ram Lila Ground during BJP Rally in New Delhi on Wednesday/PHOTO-DALIP KUMAR
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Delhi Lok Sabha Election Candidates at Ram Lila Ground during BJP Rally in New Delhi on Wednesday/PHOTO-DALIP KUMAR

Prime Minister Wednesday accused the of using warship as its "personal taxi" for a holiday when was at the helm, launching a fresh attack on the late Congress leader days after throwing the "bhrashtachari no 1" barb at him.

Addressing his first poll rally in ahead of the May 12 for all its seven seats, launched a scathing counter-attack on the Congress, asking why it fumes when he exposes the "misdeeds" of its leaders in whose name it often seeks votes.

Congress leaders, including its president Rahul Gandhi and general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, have hit out at for his barb at their father, who was India's prime minister between 1984-89.

"Ever imagined that a premier warship of the Indian armed forces could be used as a taxi for a personal holiday? One dynasty did it," Modi asked.

The was made to host the and Rajiv Gandhi's in-laws, and a helicopter was also deployed in their service, Modi claimed, adding that when a family becomes supreme, the country's security is at stake.

"was insulted by using it as a personal taxi. This happened when and his family was out for a 10-day vacation. was deployed for securing our maritime boundary. But it was diverted to take the which was out for a vacation," Modi said.

He also claimed that after picking up the Gandhi family, INS Viraat halted at an island for 10 days.

"was accompanied by his in-laws who had come from Italy. Question is whether the security of the country was not compromised by taking foreigners onboard a warship," he asked.

INS Viraat was commissioned into the Indian in 1987. After nearly 30 years of service, it was decommissioned in 2016.

Earlier, Modi had dubbed Rajiv Gandhi as "bhrashtachari no 1" (corrupt no 1), in a reference to the Bofors scam.

First Published: Wed, May 08 2019. 22:22 IST