New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi will meet party’s core group Thursday morning to chalk out strategy to further step up the offensive on the Modi government over the Rafale issue, PTI quoted sources as saying. After the meeting, some of the party leaders may join a Youth Congress protest march from the AICC headquarters here to the prime minister’s residence, they said. Also Read - ‘Shameful to Treat Indian Citizens Like This,’ Says Rahul Gandhi on Exodus of Migrants Due to Lockdown

The newly-formed core group committee will meet today at Gandhi’s residence to discuss further strategy over the Rafale issue. Also Read - More Nuanced, Compassionate Approach Required to Deal With Crisis: Rahul Gandhi on Lockdown



This will be the first meeting of the group, which has top Congress leaders as members. Also Read - 'First Step in Right Direction': Rahul Gandhi Hails Centre's Financial Assistance Package to Poor Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

The meeting comes a day after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley launched a no-holds barred attack on the Congress and Rahul Gandhi over the Rafale aircraft deal, terming the Congress’ allegations as “factually false” and claiming that NDA government got the deal at 20 per cent cheaper prices than the 2007 deal inked by the UPA government.



Also, in a Facebook blog, Jaitley posted a set of 15 questions for Gandhi in response to Congress posers on the multi-billion dollar deal.

Gandhi responded by calling the deal “the Great Rafale Robbery” and alluded to Prime Minister Narendra Modi trying to protect his business friend.

“Mr Jaitley, thanks for bringing the nation’s attention back to the GREAT #RAFALE ROBBERY! How about a Joint Parliamentary Committee to sort it out? Problem is, your Supreme Leader is protecting his friend, so this may be inconvenient. Do check & revert in 24 hrs. We’re waiting!,” he tweeted.