Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing the keynote speech at the inaugural Republic TV Summit 2018, spoke on an array of developments that have taken place in the country over the past four years. However, during his address, PM Modi spoke about the extradition of AgustaWestland middleman Christian Michel which took place earlier in December.
"Four years ago, nobody even thought that helicopter scam middleman Christian Mitchel would be brought back to India. He will be joining all the connections," said PM Modi, while speaking about the AgustaWestland scam middleman.
PM Modi went onto speak about the developments in the Indian banking sector which has become the face of the 'Surging India':
"In 2014, 50% of the people did not have bank accounts. Now in 2018, all have been connected with banking. In 2014, tax-payers were 3 crore 80 lakh. Now it is approximately 7 crore. Before 2014, 65 lakh were registered to pay tax. Today, in less than 1.5 years, 55 lakhs have registered. In 2014, mobile makers were just 2. Today there are 120. This is the face of Surging India. The plans from last 30-40 years which were stuck are being done. Now, wherever you go in the country you'll get to see a signboard - 'Work In Progress'. The work to build a new India is going on. I am today in a city which is called 'City that never stops'. Today, India is a country that never stops. Neither will we stop, or hold back, India has made it clear."
Earlier in December, the AgustaWestland middleman was extradited to India from Dubai through a high-security CBI-led procedure. Christian Michel James has been described as a historical consultant of AgustaWestland/Westland Helicopters, UK with technical operational knowledge of the aircraft, the military bases and the pilots, by the CBI.