IN Congress seeking PK support to overthrow Modi govt: DM

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Congress leaders are playing dirty politics by seeking help from Pakistan, says Sitharaman. PHOTO: FILE

India’s defence minister has accused the country’s main opposition party, the Indian National Congress, of seeking Pakistan’s help in a bid to overthrow Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, Times of India reported on Saturday. “Congress leaders are playing dirty politics by seeking help from Pakistan to remove PM Modi’s government,” said Nirmala Sitharaman while addressing a two-day Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) convention on Saturday. She also urged BJP workers to spread awareness about the government’s achievements, stressing that “PM Modi has provided a corruption-free five year tenure, which also saw no major terror attack”.

The defence minister claimed the government was able to implement various social welfare programmes because it was able to ‘maintain peace’.

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Recently, the Hindu nationalist BJP lost power in three key states, forcing the government to announce a flurry of measures aimed at wooing small businesses and lower income groups. Urging BJP workers to highlight two issues of importance, Sitharaman said: “First, there has been no major terror attack in the country since 2014 …. All attempts to wreak havoc in India have been thwarted at the border.” PM Modi has faced calls for his resignation over allegations of corruption in a military jet deal with France, after former French president Francois Hollande said that New Delhi influenced the choice of local partner.

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Indian political parties have been gunning for Premier Modi over the 2016 purchase of 36 Rafale planes from Dassault Aviation estimated to be worth $8.7 billion, saying he had overpaid for the planes and the process had not been transparent. In recent months, the opposition has questioned the government on the choice of billionaire businessman Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence as Dassault’s local partner, instead of a state-run manufacturer with decades of experience.

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