New Delhi,25/02/19:Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated the National War Memorial here by lighting the “eternal flame” at the monument and chose the occasion to accuse the previous Congress governments of playing with national interest, saying there was a concept of “family first” instead of “nation first.”
The monument consists of an obelisk centered inside four concentric circles, built to commemorate soldiers who were martyred in the line of duty since Independence.
Addressing a gathering of ex-servicemen during the inauguration of the war museum at the National Stadium here, Modi also slammed the Gandhi family, stating that the probe into all the major defence scams leading to one family said a lot.
“Those who called themselves the deciders of the country’s fate had done injustice to the forces and also played with the national security,” Modi said. “They had made the Army and the national security a means to earning for themselves. They wanted to forget the martyrs,” Modi said.
Targeting the Gandhi family, the Prime Minister said, “From Bofors to helicopters (AgustaWestland VVIP chopper), all the probe leads to the doors of one family. And it says a lot.”
Hitting out at Congress President Rahul Gandhi for criticising the 36 Rafale fighter jets deal with France, he said: “Now they are using all their tactics so that the modern jet does not come to India.”
“But in the next few months, when the first Rafale soars into the sky, all their conspiracies will end,” he said.
Attacking the Congress, Modi said, “Some people think their family interests come before the interest of the nation.”