Former Indian Navy chief Admiral Ramadas (Retd) has denied the claims against Rajiv Gandh on INS Viraat after Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a sensational charge against the warship INS Viraat on former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi during the campaigning of Lok Sabha elections. On the allegations of PM, Admiral Ramdas said that Rajiv Gandhi never allowed to spend holiday on the INS Viraat.
Four former officials, including former Chief of the Navy, have also rejected these claims of PM Modi. Admiral Ramdas has clarified that at that time Rajiv Gandhi was on an official tour and no friends or foreigners were present with him.
Vice Admiral (Retd) Vinod Pasricha, the then commanding officer of the INS Virat, has said that Rajiv Gandhi was on an official tour during that time and was not celebrating any picnic.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi targeted the Congress while addressing the election rally in Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan on Wednesday. He had said that people who are saying today that the army is not the manor of anybody, the same family had used the INS Viraat as a private taxi.
Admiral Ramdas issued the press statement regarding this controversy of INS Viraat.
But the Naval officers who were on board INS Viraat in 1987 confirm that aircraft carrier was ordered to move from Mumbai to Lakshwadeep and was deployed offshore while Rajeev Gandhi was holidaying with his family.
Rajiv and Sonia Gandhi used INS Viraat for travel to celebrate their holidays at Bangaram island. Indian Navy resources were used extensively. I am a witness. I was posted on INS Viraat that time. Commander VK Jaitly— Commander VK Jaitly (@vkjaitly) May 9, 2019