PM Modi finalised the Rafale deal to strengthen India’s security: Rajnath Singh (File)
Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a “cure” for problems facing the country and asserted he will be voted back to power in the Lok Sabha election that must be held by May.
Mr Singh said the prime minister 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 said “Chowkidar chor nahi, chowkidar pure hai. Next PM sure hai, problem ke liye cure hai,” Mr Singh said, using the word Congress president Rahul Gandhi has used to attack Modi on the Rafale jet deal.
Mr 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.”
Mr Singh also 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.
The Congress has been alleging that the 2015 Rafale deal to purchase 36 fighter jets from France was compromised by corruption.
Mr Gandhi has repeatedly alleged PM Modi helped industrialists in getting defence contracts related to the deal.
On Monday, the home minister responded to the allegations, saying the defence deal strengthened the Indian Air Force, which had been demanding fighter jets for 30 years.
The prime minister finalised the Rafale…