Taxpayers will pay Rs 1 lakh crore to PM Modi's friend for Rafale deal: Rahul Gandhi

The Congress chief has been taking a swipe at Modi using the '56-inch-chest' remark that the latter had made at elections rallies in the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Published: 28th July 2018 06:33 PM  |   Last Updated: 28th July 2018 08:34 PM   |  A+A-


(L-R) Prime Minister Modi and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on the floor of the Parliament during the no-confidence motion debate against the NDA government on June 20, 2018. (Screengrabs | Lok Sabha TV)


NEW DELHI: Congress president Rahul Gandhi today stepped up his attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging that the taxpayers would have to pay Rs 1 lakh crore over the next 50 years to "Mr 56's friend" for maintaining the 36 Rafale aircrafts that the country was buying.

Gandhi has been taking a swipe at Modi using the "56-inch-chest" remark that the latter had made at elections rallies in the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

The Congress had also been questioning the prime minister about when he would show that "broad chest" while dealing with Pakistan and China.

"Over the next 50 years, Indian Tax Payers will pay Mr 56's friend's JV, 100,000 Cr to maintain 36 RafaleScam jets, India is buying," Gandhi tweeted.

The Congress chief attached an investor presentation of Reliance Infrastructure, saying there was "truth" in it, which would soon be denied "as usual" by Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in a press conference.

Gandhi had alleged yesterday that "Mr 56's friend" would actually benefit "USD 20 billion", equivalent to Rs 1.30 lakh crore, through offset contracts in the Rafale deal.

The Congress has been attacking the BJP government over the Rafale deal, alleging favouritism in granting the offset contract to Reliance Defence in violation of the rules.

It had accused Modi and Sitharaman of "lying" to the nation on the issue.

The party had described the deal as the "biggest example" of crony capitalism and alleged that national interest was compromised.

It had also given a notice for breach of privilege in the Lok Sabha against the prime minister and defence minister on the issue.

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  • Sayhellotolife

    Rahul Gandhis whole family is one way or other involved in some kind of arms deal kickback. This has created a mutation in his genes. Now he thinks that every arms deal is done after some kickback.
    2 years ago reply
  • S

    Is this information validated before printing - all along newspaper journalist use to do the investigation - now politicians are doing than where are these investigative journalist people are they sleeping?
    2 years ago reply
  • casbbalchandhar

    Rahul should have waited till the LS discussion on Rafale deal shortly, but chosen to sarcastic remark on Modi. First let him solve his National Herald case and many of his friends' scams and how much he and his party benefited.
    2 years ago reply
  • Nagar

    When will Rahul and family and party followers pay back the people's money they have appropriated as being their own?
    2 years ago reply
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