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Modi is 'cure' for problems facing the country: Rajnath Singh

Press Trust of India  |  Moradabad (UP) 

on Monday praised as a "cure" for problems facing the country and asserted he will be voted back to power in the election that must be held by May.

Singh said the worked for the poor, farmers and weaker sections of society during the past four and a half years of his tenure.

Addressing an event in Moradabad, he cited several central government schemes such as Ujjwala Yojana of providing free LPG connections to poor households and Ayushman Bharat health care programme to make his point.

"Chowkidar chor nahi, chowkidar pure hai. Next PM sure hai, problem ke liye cure hai," Singh said, using the word has used to attack Modi on the Rafale jet deal.

Singh's statement in English meant: "The watchman is not a thief, he is a pure man." "He is sure to be the next PM, he is a cure for problems."

The has been alleging that the 2015 Rafale deal to purchase 36 fighter jets from was compromised by corruption.

Gandhi has repeatedly alleged Modi helped industrialists in getting defence contracts related to the deal.

On Monday, the responded to the allegations, saying the defence deal strengthened the Indian Air Force, which had been demanding fighter jets for 30 years.

The finalised the Rafale deal to strengthen India's security, he added.

Citing former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Singh said he tested nuclear bombs in 1998 without caring about the warnings and threats from world powers and it was this courage that made a nuclear weapons State.

He also recalled India's victory during the Kargil war with

Criticising the SP-BSP alliance in for the Lok Saba election, he said it is an "alliance of corruption".

He said the opposition parties have lost moral authority and are criticising everyone from the prime minister, to the and the governors who is going against them.

He expressed confidence will be in the top three economies within 10 years and will again achieve the feat of "Vishwa Guru".

In his 50-minute address, he also shared his experience as and lauded the Yogi Adityanath government in

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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 19:05 IST