Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday launched a fierce counter-attack at the Congress over Rahul Gandhi's ceaseless attempts to highlight a 'scam' in the Rafale MMCRA deal between India and France.
He first took the Congress on over its own Defence procurement scams, highlighting Bofors and AgustaWestland, remarking on how probes into both the deals had led to the same family:
"Friends, from Bofors to helicopters, all investigations reaching one family speaks volumes", the Prime Minister said.
He then drew attention to how it was the same people who were insistent on opposing the Rafale, saying, "Now these same people are putting their full might that the Rafale fighter not come to India."
However, he then put forth that the advanced fighter would itself silence any allegations:
"Friends, in the next few months, when the country's first Rafale will take to the nation's skies, it'll by itself destroy all their attempts and conspiracy theories."
He concluded that his government was taking steps to ensure that all three forces had the most advanced and sophisticated equipment:
"To make the nation's armed forces strong, it is being equipped by advanced aircraft, helicopters, submarines and ships", he said adding, "Decisions that had been kept on hold for many years are now being prioritised one by one."
PM Modi was speaking at the inauguration of the National War Memorial. The National War Memorial is a state-of-art memorial which boasts of four thematic concentric circles with a talll ceremoical obelisk at its centre that will bear the eternal flame. The layout of the memorial located behind the India Gate canopy and across the National Stadium consists of four concentric circles, radially outwards:
The 'Amar Chakra' or Circle of Immortality
The 'Veerta Chakra or Circle of Bravery,
The 'Tyag Chakra' or Circle of Sacrifice
The 'Rakshak Chakra' or Circle of Protection
The central obelisk is topped with an Ashokan Capital and the base bears the famous couplet 'Shaheed ki mazron par...' by poet Jagdamba Prasad Mishra 'Hitaishi'.
The names of 25,942 battle casualties have been inscribed across 16 walls that consist of granite pieces bearing the name, rank, and regiment of the fallen heroes.