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Congress Blocking BrahMos Missile Sales, Hindering Defence Self-Reliance: PM Modi In Deoria Slams Support From Pakistan

Swarajya Staff

May 26, 2024, 05:34 PM | Updated 05:34 PM IST

PM Modi.
PM Modi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday (26 May) alleged that "jihadis" from across the border are supporting the Samajwadi Party and Congress coalition, accusing them of appealing for "vote jihad" in India.

The Prime Minister made these remarks during an election rally in Uttar Pradesh's Deoria.

“There are some forces that are pained by India’s progress. These people are having different dreams about 4 June,” Modi said.

“In Pakistan, prayers are being offered for the INDI Alliance of SP and Congress. Jihadis from across the border are supporting them. Here, the SP and Congress people are appealing for vote jihad,” he added.

Further criticising the Opposition, Modi claimed that the "INDI jamaat" has been attacking him for his stance against religion-based reservations and for promising to reinstate Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and repeal the Citizenship Amendment Act.

“The INDI jamaat is saying that if we come to power, we will reinstate Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, and we will repeal the CAA, the law that grants Indian citizenship to refugees,” Modi said.

He also accused the Congress of obstructing countries that wanted to purchase BrahMos missiles.

“The day is not far when BrahMos missiles will also be made in UP, and BrahMos missiles are such that their fear is widespread,” the Prime Minister said.

He added, “There is demand for BrahMos missiles in many countries around the world, but Congress has created obstacles even in front of them.”

“INDI alliance does not want India to become self-reliant in the defence sector or to develop the capability to export weapons. INDI alliance members want foreign weapon deals to continue so that their brokerage can keep coming in," he added.

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