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‘Will PM acknowledge previous govts’ efforts behind INS Vikrant?’: Congress

Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh Friday hit out at the Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the commission of INS Vikrant asserting that there are "collective effort of all government since 1999".

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New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh Friday hit out at the Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the commission of INS Vikrant asserting that there are “collective effort of all government since 1999”.

“Will Prime Minister acknowledge?” he asked.

In a series of tweet, he wrote, “Let’s also recall original INS Vikrant that served us well in 1971 war. Much reviled Krishna Menon played a key role in getting it from UK.”

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Congress General Secretary in-charge Communications Jairam Ramesh said, “We appreciate the Indian Navy, engineers, officers, and workers but saying that this is entirely a post-2014 achievement is wrong. It took 22 years and credit goes to all the governments.”

While talking to the media, Jairam Ramesh said, “Our PM never recognises continuity in governance. INS Vikrant commissioned today is a huge achievement but it was started 22 yrs ago – first Vajpayee government, then Manmohan government and then Modi government, there is continuity.”  

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INS Vikrant is India’s first Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC-1) into the Navy laced with equipment and machinery. With the appointment of Vikrant, India will have two operational aircraft carriers, which will further strengthen the country’s maritime ties –‘Blue Water Navy’.

However, with INS Vikrant, India joins the elite group of nations who have the ability to create and manufacture their aircraft carriers. The list includes the US, Russia, France, the UK and China.

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