Chennai: National security and the defence sector were either a punching bag or a funding source for the Congress party, claimed Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while interacting with BJP workers on Saturday. Also Read - Ram Temple Should Become Symbol of National Unity: Priyanka

Referring to Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s comment on 2016 surgical strike, PM Modi alleged that the grand old party leaders mock at the surgical strike on the one hand while on the other, they have looted defence sector from the jeep scam back in the 1940s and 50s to the Bofors in the 80s, the AgustaWestland and submarine scam, among many others. Also Read - Tight Security, Live Telecast, Coded Invitation: How Ayodhya Preparing For Ram Mandir Bhoomi Pujan on Aug 5

“All they see is the way to make money even if it means the morale of our forces is diminished. We are proud of our forces and have faith in them,” PM lambasted Congress. (Also Read: BJP Hits Back at Rahul Gandhi, Calls Congress a Fringe Party) Also Read - Raksha Bandhan 2020: Lata Mangeshkar Wishes PM Modi, He Responds With, 'I Pray For Your Health And Long Life'

Notably, PM Modi’s jibe at the Congress came after Rahul Gandhi accused him of shaping the Army’s surgical strike across the LoC into a ‘political asset’ and being ‘unsuccessful’ in creating job opportunities for the youth.

Earlier this month, while addressing a gathering at Udaipur, Rahul had said,”Like during the Narendra Modi government, surgical strike was conducted thrice during Manmohan Singh government. Are you aware of it? (Narendra) Modi actually reached into the Army’s domain and shaped surgical strike into a political asset.”

The Congress president had alleged that the surgical strike was made public as the BJP was fighting elections in Uttar Pradesh.