Modi on Rajiv Gandhi alleges ‘Family holiday’ on navy ship in a rally. Responding to it this what ex army men have to say.
“…This politicisation of the armed forces is wrong and unacceptable”, said Vice Admiral Vinod Pasricha, who commanded, denying what PM Modi had said in his speech that former PM Rajiv Gandhi was on a family holiday in Lakshadweep and said it (the allegations in the speech on ex PM) was presumably based on a report by Anita Pratap on India Today.
The former Commanding Officer of INS Viraat, has denied reports that when the late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi came on board the aircraft carrier, his friends and Italian mother-in-law were with him and accompanying him were his wife Sonia Gandhi, son Rahul Gandhi and a couple of IAS officers and there was no one else.
Citing a media report, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, “You (PM Modi) have made Indian Air Force jets your own Taxi. You have paid as low as Rs. 744 for using IAF jets for election trips. Scared of your own sins haunting you, you are shamelessly pointing fingers on others”.
“LTTE planned and assassinated Rajiv Gandhi. He did not die due to corruption allegations. Nobody believes that, even I don’t believe it. I have lot of respect for Modi ji, but it was not necessary for him to speak against Rajiv Gandhi,” Srinivasa Prasad, who served as a minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, had joined the Congress and was a state minister and rejoined the BJP in 2017, was quoted by news agency ANI as saying.
The former Commanding Officer of INS Viraat and Admiral L Ramdas, then Commander-in-chief of the Western Fleet who also on board at the time — also gave a similar version of the events of Rajiv Gandhi’s trip to Lakshadweep and added about the visits on helicopters, Admiral Ramdas pointed out that the Prime Minister is authorised to travel along with his spouse on service helicopters while on official duty.