Baripada (Odisha): Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is in Odisha to inaugurate a slew of projects, attacked the Congress while addressing a rally in Baripada and said it isn’t easy to comprehend whether the grand old party was running the government or advocating on behalf of Christian Michel– the middleman accused in the AgustaWestland case.

PM Modi said, “Samajh nahi aata ki Congress ne sarkar chalayi hai ya apne Michel mama ka darbaar chalaya hai.” Mincing no words, the PM went on to add that people who have supported the wrong-doers and acted against the country will be taken to task. He said, “Mai aaj spasht kar dena chahta hu, desh ke bajaay bichauliyo ke hiton ki raksha mein jis-jis ki bhumika rahi hai, unka poora hisaab jaanch agency karengi, desh ki janta karegi.”

Modi also spoke of how Congress even had a problem with the way he addressed people during rallies or otherwise. He said, “Desh ki sabse purani party ke neta mujhe kehte hain ki Modi ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ se logon ka abhiwadan kyon karta hai.”

He even took a dig at Congress over the Rafale controversy and lauded Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s strong stance over the aircraft deal controversy in the Lok Sabha on Friday. PM Modi added, “Main desh ki Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman ko badhai deta hun. Desh ki ankhon mein dhool jhonke walon ki niyat ko, desh ki suraksha se khilwaad karne walon ki rajneeti ko,apne manoranjan ke liye pavitr sansad ko istemaal karne walon ke bachpane ko, desh ke saamne ujagar kia.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for four- laning of various national highway projects, in Baripada. The national highway projects which were inaugurated included the four-laning of Rimuli-Koida section of NH-215 (new NH-520), four laning of Koida-Rajamunda section of NH-215 (new NH-520) and four-laning of Singara-Binjabahal section of NH-6 (new NH-49) at an estimated cost of Rs 3,318 crore.