The Rafale jet deal has seen a bitter slugfest between the BJP government lead by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the opposition Congress. And the bitter war of words seems so signs of ebbing.
On a two day visit to his parliamentary Constituency Amethi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi charged country’s “chowkidar” Narendra Modi with snatching away money from the poor and handing it over to industrialist Anil Ambani. He asked the prime minister for answers on why Rafale price was not disclosed and how Ambani got the contract. He said that the people of the country want to know the amount involved in the Rafale deal.
In a tweet Rahul Gandhi alos took a dig at finance Minister Arun Jaitley
Mr Jetlie’s speciality is his ability to spin “2 truths”, or lies, with fake self righteousness & indignation to defend the indefensible. It’s high time he, the RM & our PM stop lying and call a JPC to establish the full, uncorrupted truth about the #RafaleScam. pic.twitter.com/iQxrV5ooN5
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) September 23, 2018
“The chowkidar of the country has taken out Rs 20,000 crore from the pockets of the poor, martyrs and the jawans and put it in the pocket of Ambani,” Gandhi said at a meeting in the Jais area of his constituency.
“Why was the price not disclosed…how was the contract given to Ambani… serious charges have been levelled by former French president Francois Hollande,” he said.
The sad truth about India’s Commander in Thief. pic.twitter.com/USrxqlJTWe
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) September 24, 2018
Meanwhile , the Congress party has stepped up its attack on the government over the Rafale deal. Terming the controversial Rafale fighter jets deal as India’s “biggest Defence scam”, the Congress demanded the Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) K.V. Chowdary to seize all documents and register an FIR into the alleged corruption.
Congress leader Anand Sharma told reporters, “A delegation of Congress has met with Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), submitted a detailed memorandum on Rafale fighter jet purchase scam. It is the biggest scam in the acquisition history of this country. This was the arbitrary decision of the Prime Minister of India who without any mandate from the Cabinet Committee on Security decided to do-away with three important things of the original tender purchase of 126 planes and more importantly the approved price of Rs 526 crore that went up to Rs 1,670 crore. The government has been lying and hiding. Therefore, we have demanded the CVC to take cognizance, to seize all files and documents and register an FIR.”
Randeep Singh Surjewala, Party’s Communications-in charge tweeted
#RafaleScam gets unravelled!
What lie will the court-jesters of Modi Govt state & spin?
Instead of denying Hollande’s statement, French Foreign Min confirms- PM Modi asking for the ₹30,000 Cr contract to be given to Reliance was an ‘observation made’!!!https://t.co/O2eKgxpJ8a
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) September 24, 2018
Senior Congress leader and former finance Minister P Chidambaram also tweeted about the Rafale controversy and slammed finance minister Arun Jaitley
‘Truth cannot have two versions’ says FM. Absolutely correct. Since, according to FM, there are two versions, what is the best way to find out which version is ‘true’?
— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) September 24, 2018