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Congress hits back, accuses Modi of using IAF jets as his 'own taxi'

Congress' chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala cited a media report to attack the prime minister.

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election rally ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, in Nandurbar district, Monday, April 22, 2019
The Congress on Thursday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The on Thursday accused of making Indian Air Force jets his "own taxi" and paying "as low as" Rs 744 for using aircraft for election trips.

Congress' cited a media report to attack the

"Distraction and fakery is your last resort. You have made Indian Air Force jets your own Taxi! You have paid as low as Rs 744 for using jets for election trips!" Surjewala said.

"Scared of your own sins haunting you, you are shamelessly pointing fingers on others!" he said, in an apparent reference to Modi's allegation that the late used INS Viraat as a "personal taxi" on a family vacation.

The media report, based on an RTI, said the paid a total of Rs 1.4 crore to the for 240 "non-official domestic trips" made by since the start of his tenure as till January 2019.

"In some cases, the amount paid seemed to be quite low. For example, the BJP paid Rs 744 for a 'H/P Balangir-H/P Patharchera' trip by on January 15, 2019," the report said.

First Published: Thu, May 09 2019. 14:41 IST