Days ago PM Modi dropped a bomb by saying “INS Viraat was insulted by using it as a personal taxi. This happened when Rajiv Gandhi and his family was out for a 10-day vacation. INS Viraat was deployed for securing our maritime boundary. But it was diverted to take the Gandhi family which was out for a vacation. Rajiv Gandhi was accompanied by his in-laws who had come from Italy. Question is whether the security of the country was not compromised by taking foreigners onboard a warship”.
INS Viraat was commissioned into the Indian Navy in 1987 and was decommissioned in 2016 after 30 long years of service. Soon after PM Modi’s stunning revelation, the Congress leaders dismissed PM Modi’s statement. One Congress leader indirectly agreed with PM Modi’s statement by saying that Rajiv Gandhi had family unlike PM Modi so what’s wrong in it.
Now the former Indian Navy officers who were then present i INS Viraat have reiterated that Rajiv Gandhi indeed misused Indian Naval Ships for his personal holiday tour. Former Indian Navy Commander V K Jaitly who was posted at INS Viraat in 1987 stated “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”.
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
Former Navy officer, Lieutenant Commander Harinder Sikka stated “We were helpless because we could not speak or raise objections. They would have booked us for mutiny. Prime Minister in INS Viraat is acceptable but his wife was a foreign national and sensitive information was at stake. No one, even Navy officers, was not allowed inside but here they were holidaying. I raised the issue before the Commanding Officer and I was asked to shut up. He is the Prime Minister. Even if you use a pin from a Navy ship, it has to be docketed”.