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'Kaamdars Use Naval Assets To Strike At Terror, Naamdars Use Them For Personal Vacation,' Union Minister Arun Jaitley Hits Out At Congress Over Allegation Of Misuse Of INS Viraat By Gandhi Family

Written By Apoorva Rao | Mumbai | Published:


  • Union Minister Arun Jaitley slammed Congress family over allegations against former PM Rajiv Gandhi for misusing Indian Navy's former flagship INS Viraat
  • PM Modi had cited sensational allegations against former PM on Thursday in his Delhi rally

The controversy after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had cited sensational allegations against former PM Rajiv Gandhi by stating that the Indian Navy's former flagship INS Viraat (now decommissioned) was used by him and his in-laws as a "personal taxi" seems to be blowing up.

Now, Union Minister Arun Jaitley slammed Congress family over the issue .

In a tweet he said, 'The Kaamdars use India’s Naval assets to strike at terror. The Naamdars use them for personal vacations with family and in-laws."

In the strongest ever attack at the Congress 'first family', PM Modi cited the charges through a media report against former PM Gandhi while addressing a rally at New Delhi's Ramlila Maidan. 

Claiming that the Nehru-Gandhi family has misused and insulted the INS Viraat after former PM Rajiv Gandhi used the warship to bring his in-laws for their vacation at an island. 

"Congress' naamdaar family had misused the pride of the country, INS Viraat, like its personal taxi. They had insulted it. This incident is of that time when Rajiv Gandhi was the Prime Minister of the country and they had gone out on vacation for 10 days. During that time, INS Viraat was stationed to guard the maritime boundaries, but it was sent to bring the Gandhi family who were going on vacation. After that, INS Viraat had stopped at a special island with their entire family. It was there for 10 days. Among those who were holidaying with Rajiv Gandhi were his in-laws," PM Modi said. 

PM Modi's statement in another rally where he called former PM Rajiv Gandhi 'çorrupt number 1'also led the Congress to approach the Election Commission and later the Supreme Court after the poll body denied that there was any Model Code of Conduct violation.

Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel on Thursday tweeted about the comment saying that the former PM is no longer present to defend himself against the allegations. He also blamed the BJP-backed VP Singh for not providing security implying his death was caused due to it.