Taking a dig at the acquisition of VVIP aircraft by Modi government worth Rs 8400 crore, Gandhi said the government could have bought a lot more things for soldiers deployed at Siachen-Ladakh border with that money.
“PM bought a plane worth Rs, 8400 crore for himself. So much could have been purchased for our soldiers posted on the Siachen-Ladakh border. Warm clothes: Rs 30,00,000 jacket, gloves: Rs 60,00,000, shoes: Rs 67,20,000, Oxygen cylinder: Rs 16,80,000,” Rahul Gandhi said on Twitter.
Earlier this week, during his campaign in Punjab against the farm reform laws, the Congress leader accused the prime minister of “wasting” thousands of crores of rupees on the aircraft.
In a swipe at the Congress leader, the government sources said the process for procuring two VVIP aircraft had begun under the UPA government, and the current dispensation has only brought it to a logical conclusion.
They added the two aircraft are not the prime minister’s aircraft as Gandhi dubbed them and but they will be used for other VVIPs.
A custom-made B777 aircraft, which will be used to fly the president, vice president and prime minister, arrived in Delhi from the US on last week. Another custom-made B777 plane for the travel of VVIPs is likely to be received from Boeing during a later date.
Officials said the total cost of purchase and retrofitting the two planes has been estimated to be around Rs 8,400 crore.