NEW DELHI: Days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed that Rajiv Gandhi used INS Viraat as his as a personal taxi, Congress leader Divya Spandana on Thursday cited the example of Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar in response to his allegations against former PM Rajiv Gandhi.
Yeh teek tha? you took a Canadian citizen with you on-board INS Sumitra.— Divya Spandana/Ramya (@divyaspandana)
Here’s the link to the article, most of us have not forgotten this controversy :
Sharing the photos of Akshay Kumar on board the presidential yacht INS Sumitra, she asked whether it was proper to take a "Canadian citizen" onboard a navy warship. PM Modi "took a Canadian citizen @akshaykumar with you on-board INS Sumitra," she said in the post, tagging both, the prime minister and the actor. "Most of us have not forgotten this controversy" Ms Spandana, an actor-politician, referencing a 2016 article criticising the event.
In a rally in Delhi on Wednesday, PM Modi had claimed that Rajiv Gandhi, father of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, used INS Viraat as his as a personal taxi for family vacations in 1987. He said that when the late PM Rajiv Gandhi came on board the aircraft carrier, his friends and Italian mother-in-law were with him. PM Modi, in his tweet, also enclosed a news story by India Today from 1988.
After PM allegations, retired Vice Admiral Vinod Pasricha clarified that Rajiv Gandhi was on an official visit on INS Viraat and not on a vacation. The Congress further accused PM Modi of using Air Force jets as his "own taxi", paying "as low as Rs. 744" for trips during the election.