A former senior Navy officer Thursday termed as ‘untrue’ Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s claim that the Gandhi family used Navy’s aircraft carrier INS Viraat as its “personal taxi” when Rajiv Gandhi was the prime minister.
Modi had on Wednesday launched a scathing attack on Gandhi family claiming that INS Viraat was used as a “personal taxi” by them for 10 days while they were vacationing at an island.
“Due to such claims, even the truth coming from such people (Modi) would be seen as fake information,” Vice Admiral (Retd) IC Rao said in Mumbai.
Rao, who was the admiral superintendent of the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai in 1987, said, “It is very bad for politicians to make such allegations. I feel that with such continued series of claims, even the true information would be seen as fake.”
“Such statements are aimed at swaying the voters. I feel the voters should ignore such claims and exercise their right,” Rao said.
“Rajiv Gandhi along with his family boarded the ship from Thiruvananthapuram to stay aboard for three days.
Lakshadweep island is almost 220 nautical miles from land and helicopter was the only means of transportation then available, so he used the air service from Viraat, he said.
“He organised a dinner on board the ship for the ship’s crew. It is very bad to spread fake information for some political gain,” he said.
“I am not a fan of Rajiv Gandhi or his policies, I do not want Navy or any other establishment to be used for political gains,” Rao said.