Narendra Modi personally re-negotiated Rafale deal: Rahul Gandhi

Four BJP MPs have submitted a privilege notice against Gandhi, accusing him of "misleading" Parliament by making "false" allegations against the prime minister and Sitharaman.

Published: 24th July 2018 09:20 PM  |   Last Updated: 24th July 2018 10:56 PM   |  A+A-

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi. | PTI File Photo


NEW DELHI: Congress President Rahul Gandhi today said India has had "four revolving" defence ministers since 2014 and alleged that it gave Prime Minister Narendra Modi "space to personally re-negotiate" the Rafale deal with France.

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Gandhi's comments come amid a war of words between the BJP and the Congress on the Rafale jet deal, with the opposition party accusing Prime Minister Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman of "lying" in Parliament over the issue, while the saffron party rejecting the charges as "falsehood".

"Since 2014, India has had 4 revolving Raksha Mantris. Now we know why. It gave the PM space to personally re-negotiate RAFALE with the French," Gandhi said on Twitter.

"India has had 4 'RAFALE Mantris'. But, none of them know what really transpired in France. Except the PM. But he won't speak!" the Congress chief said and tagged an Amul advertisement that had a humorous take on the Rafale issue with a 'Pass or Rafail' tagline.

Four BJP MPs have submitted a privilege notice against Gandhi, accusing him of "misleading" Parliament by making "false" allegations against the prime minister and Sitharaman.

The Congress also gave notices for moving privilege motion against Modi and Sitharaman for misleading the House over the Rafale issue while making statements during the no-confidence motion last week.  Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley was twice defence minister, once after the government was formed in 2014 and then after Manohar Parrikar became the chief minister of Goa. Sitharaman became defence minister after Jaitley's second stint.

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  • Kamal Singh

    If Rahul feels something is fishy he can go to courts. He has got lawyers who have opened up supreme Court even late nights. But he will not . He should appoint Dr. Swamy as his consultant.
    7 months ago reply
  • swa

    PM can negotiate. What is wrong.
    7 months ago reply
  • Ajay Date

    Rahul Gandhi is really showing his immaturity by such statements. Even while buying a fridge we see if we would get long term benefits from the dealer. In this case we are talking global strategic lever. On the other hand I am proud of Mr.Modi, if he had got into nego.
    7 months ago reply
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