New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday attacked the Congress party over Rafale deal and said that the opposition party’s history in defence deals is that of uncle Quattrocchi. This is the first rally of PM Modi after his party suffered a major defeat in the recently held assembly elections.

Addressing a rally in Sonia Gandhi’s home turf Rae Bareli, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Congress’ history in defence deals is that of uncle Quattrocchi. Helicopter scam accused Christian Michel was brought to the country a few days ago. Everyone saw how Congress sent their lawyer to save him.” (ALSO READ: PM Narendra Modi Inaugurates Rae Bareli Stretch of NH-232: All You Need to Know)

He further said, “The people of the party that raises questions on surgical strikes, trust enemy’s claims* more than our Army, what can be expected of them?

In the series of attack, PM Modi accused the grand old party of neglecting the constituency. “Today there are 2 sides before the country. One side is the govt that is trying to strengthen our forces. The other side that wants to weaken our forces at any cost. The country is a witness that Congress is standing with forces that don’t want our forces to strengthen,” he said.

The prime minister was in Rae Bareli to lay the foundation stone of some projects and inaugurated few others worth Rs 1,100 crore during his first visit to Sonia Gandhi’s Lok Sabha constituency. He also flagged off the 900th coach and Humsafar rake made by the Modern Coach Factory here.

“When the earlier government decided to construct this factory it was decided that 5000 employees will be hired. But only half of these recruitments were approved. Not just that, in 2014 we noticed that no new recruitment was done in this factory,” PM Modi said.

Modi, who inspected the Modern Coach Factory, said its neglect was “an example of injustice to the country’s means and resources by previous governments”.

The factory was sanctioned in 2007 but failed to take off, he said. He later also visited Prayagraj and performed Ganga Pujan at Sangam Ghat.