New Delhi: Raising the issue of India-China border standoff at Line of Actual Control, the senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has questioned ‘Achhe din’ comparing Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi’s VVIP choppers and the condition of Indian armed forces personnel living in sub-zero conditions.
Sharing a news report which later Press Information Bureau claimed “fake“, Rahul Gandhi tweeted: “The jawans of the country are fighting PLA soldiers in extreme weather conditions from normal tents. They are unafraid. But the Prime Minister of the country flies around in an aeroplane that costs Rs 8,400 crore and he is scared to even take the name of China. Who got acche din?”
Juxtaposing this with the situation of the armed forces personnel at LAC— “their tents are reportedly not suitable for sub-zero conditions”— Rahul Gandhi mocked at ‘Achhe din’, a promise given by Narendra Modi.
देश के जवान भयंकर सर्दी में साधारण टेंट में गुज़ारा करते हुए भी चीन के आक्रमण का डटकर मुक़ाबला करते हैं।
जबकि देश के PM 8400 करोड़ के हवाई जहाज़ में घूमते हैं और चीन का नाम तक लेने से डरते हैं।
किसे मिले अच्छे दिन? pic.twitter.com/mTn6wLafjm
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) October 30, 2020
Over 50,000 India armed forces personnel are reportedly to remain stationed through the winter months this year. The armed forces personnel of both the countries have been engaged in a military stand-off in Eastern Ladakh for the past five months.
Pertinently, on Sunday, the second of the two special Boeing 777 aircraft, part of the Air India One for VVIPs including the President, Vice President and the Prime Minister, landed in Delhi. The first aircraft arrived in India earlier this month.
This aircraft is one of the two Boeing 777-300 ERs, which joined Air India’s fleet in 2018. The special aircraft which offers meeting rooms, office space, as well as missile defence systems will only be used by President of India Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. During the travel of the VVIPs, the two aircraft will be operated by pilots of the Indian Air Force (IAF) and not of Air India, a report by
The interior design of the aircraft is very attractive, which was modified recently by Boeing, apart from other customisations. The modified Boeing 777-300ER will now replace the 747-400 for VVIP duties and the total cost of purchase and retrofitting the two planes has been estimated to be around Rs 8,400 crore.
Air India One, which is the call sign of any aircraft with the Prime Minister or President on board, has its own missile defence system called the Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) and Self-Protection Suites (SPS), which is capable of countering missile threats from an enemy.
The aircraft is equipped with an advanced and secured communication system that allows availing audio and video communication functions mid-air without any worries of hacking or being taped.