PM Modi launched a blistering attack on Gandhi’s and the Congress party, referring to alleged AgustaWestland middleman Christian Michel as he retaliated on Rahul Gandhi’s Rafale allegations.
The Prime Minister’s comments come after a recent report claimed that Christian Michel had lobbied for Rafale’s competitor Eurofighter.
“Michel mama was lobbying for some other company. Congress leaders who are making noise now should explain to everyone – what is their relationship with Michel mama? Shouldn’t they given an answer? Shouldn’t the chowkidar ask them about it,” Modi said at a rally in Maharashtra’s Solapur, without taking names.
“All the friends of these commission-takers are dreaming of scaring the chowkidar. But they are going to be disappointed because this chowkidar doesn’t sleep or feel scared. Those people can rain abuses at me, lie, but this safai (clean-up) mission will continue,” he said.
The ruling BJP has alleged that Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s allegations of corruption in the Rafale deal is linked to the Gandhi family’s connection with Christian Michel, who is accused of bribery in the VVIP chopper deal signed when the Congress was in power.
The BJP also alleges that a previous deal for 126 Rafale fighters negotiated by the Congress-led UPA government fell through because of “Christian Michel’s dealings”.
“Do you support the chowkidaar,” PM Modi asked the crowd in Solapur, referring to himself by the term Rahul Gandhi often uses while targeting him. “Was the deal stopped then because of Michel mama’s ‘saudebaazi’ (deals),” he said, apparently referring to the 126 jet plan that didn’t materialize.
The AICC chief has repeatedly accused PM Modi of going for an overpriced deal for France’s Rafale fighters just to help businessman Anil Ambani, whose Reliance Defence bagged an offset contract with Rafale-maker Dassault. “Nothing is going to save the PM from Rafale. It is an open and shut case,” said Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday.