Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday promised that all those involved in the AgustaWestland chopper scam will be punished.
Addressing election rallies in Chennai and Hosur town in Tamil Nadu and Palakkad in Kerala Modi said the scandal had become public after the BJP took power in New Delhi in 2014.
Asking the people in Chennai whether they have any relatives in Italy, Modi said: “I don’t have any relatives in Italy. Nor have I visted Italy.”
But people in Italy have said there was corruption in the chopper deal and a court there had punished names of those involved, he said.
Claiming that Tamil Nadu was steeped in corruption, Modi said the BJP was the alternative to the two Dravidian parties in the state.
“For the first time in Tamil Nadu elections, there is an alternative in the form of BJP.”
He said the Tamil Nadu government was corrupt but politicians were not ashamed.
“The election this time is not about who will win but who will save Tamil Nadu,” he remarked.
Referring to the floods in Chennai in December, Modi said it was the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) cadres who helped the people at the time of the crisis.
Modi said he was the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Jaffna in Sri Lanka and added that his government would wipe the tears of Sri Lankan Tamils.
According to him, 30,000 of the 50,000 houses to be built with Indian assistance in Sri Lanka had been handed over to the Tamils there.
Referring to the release of Father Alexis Prem Kumar from Taliban’s custody, Modi said his sister did not believe when I called her and said: “I am Narendra Modi speaking.”
“I told her that her brother will be back in India in two-and-a-half hours.
“This is an example of how a people-friendly government functions,” he said
Modi said the BJP-run central government was two years old but there was no corruption charge against it.
He said his government auctioned spectrum and the money went to the government coffers.
Today, there was no corruption in mining and supply of coal unlike in the past, he said. “We are taking the nation on the correct path.”
While speaking in assembly election campaign in Palakkad district of Kerala, Prime Minister said that the people of Kerala should elect the BJP to play the role of a “strong umpire” to put an end to the looting of Congress and CPM.
Modi stated that though the people of Kerala are simple and educated, they don’t understand the perfect scientific arrangement of of the two parities to loot the state.
Their business is such that there is no umpire in Assembly. To save Kerala, BJP should be the umpire. We will not allow them to loot Kerala.” he said.
He also stated that the state government had failed to move forward i the Jisha murder case even after over a week.
Meantime, Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remark on the Jisha murder case was “unfortunate”.
“It was most unfortunate that a person like the country’s prime minister was playing politics in this case.Even the Kerala high court on Friday expressed satisfaction over the case’s investigation. The prime minister should not have stooped this low,” said Chennithala.