New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday attacked the Congress over the Rafale deal, questioning the role of alleged middleman Christian Michel in delaying procurement of the fighter aircraft for ten years. While interacting with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) booth workers from Tamil Nadu, PM Modi lambasted the Opposition saying people behind attacks on country’s defence procurement were often middlemen from the Congress reign.

He said, “The people behind attacks on our defence procurement are often middlemen from the Congress era and international forces who want to ensure that India’s military doesn’t get stronger.”

The Prime Minister went on to question how Michel, the alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland or the VVIP Chopper Deal case, knew vivid details pertaining to the stalling of the procurement of Rafale jets. In a sharp attack, he said, “People of the country deserve to know how middleman Michel know about the time of a meeting of the Cabinet on security, about the status of a government file, what role he played in delaying procurement of Rafale for ten long years, what role he played in putting national security in danger.”

Without naming Michel, PM Modi said the middleman who was caught and brought back to India had close ties with the Gandhi family. The PM said, “Recently, a defence middleman was caught and brought back to India. But do you know who this middleman is close to? This middleman is close to the current ‘First Family’ of the Congress.”
Blaming the Congress for damaging the country’s armed forces, PM Modi said that the party’s biggest failure was in their mismanagement of the economy and their corruption. He added, “They did deep damage to our armed forces too. For decades, they had made the defence sector a den of brokers and middlemen.”