Prime Minister Narendra Modi has laid the foundation stone of a manufacturing unit of AK-203 rifles in Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi.
Modi addressed his first rally in Amethi, which is represented by Congress chief Rahul Gandhi in the Lok Sabha, since coming to power in 2014. Modi said the rifles will be manufactured in Amethi under a joint venture between India and Russia. He said the rifles will be known as Made in Amethi and will help security forces in militant encounters.
Modi expressed his gratitude to Russian President Vladimir Putin for making the venture possible in such a short time by his support, Modi accused previous governments of neglecting the armed forces, adding that the manufacture of AK-203, a modernised version of the AK-47, should have started more than eight years ago. Attacking the United Progressive Alliance government, Modi said, “These people sat on Rafale deal for years and when it was time for their government to go, they pushed it into cold storage. When our government assumed office, we finalised it in one-and-a-half years…and the first Rafale aircraft will be in our skies soon.