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As CAG backs govt on Rafale, PM uses ‘earthquake’ jibe against Rahul

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New Delhi, Feb 13: Close on the heels of CAG report giving clean chit to the government on Rafale deal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday took a dig at Congress president Rahul Gandhi for his 'when I speak, there will be earthquake' and said five years have gone and no tremor could disturb him or his government.

'...Hum kabhi kabhi sunte they bhukamp aayega, paanch saal ka kaaryakaal pura ho raha hai, koi bhukam nahi aaya(we have more often heard about earthquake coming but five years have gone, nothing like that happened),' the Prime Minister said at the valedictory session of the 16th Lok Sabha in the presence of Mr Gandhi.

Prime Minister's remarks were in reference to comment made by Mr Gandhi first in 2016 that if he is allowed to speak, there will be earthquake in the country.

The Prime Minister said, 'Kabhi hawai jahaj bhi ude... bade bade logon ne hawai jahaj udaai. Lekin loktantra aaur Lok Sabha ki maryada itni unchi hai ki bhukamp bhi pacha gaya aur koi hawai jahaj uski unchai tak nahi pahunch paya (sometimes many people flew aircraft and boasted that they can trigger tremor but the beauty and the strength of democracy is that no allegation could touch it).'

Mr Modi said during the last four-and-a-half years, his government helped the country achieve many milestones and getting rid of 1,400 obsolete laws was one of them.

'This was a good beginning and senior leader Mulayam Singh Yadav has also given his blessings to my government,' the Prime Minister said, in reference to socialist stalwart's remarks earlier that Mr Modi should return to power again.

'Aap fir bane pradhan mantri (My best wishes are that you become Prime Minister again),' Mr Yadav said earlier.

The Prime Minister also smilingly thanked him with folded hands. The CAG report on Rafale deal was placed in both the Houses of Parliament which was hailed by Union Minister Arun Jaitley. ' Satyameva Jayate – the truth shall prevail."The CAG Report on Rafale reaffirms the dictum," he tweeted. (UNI)