New Delhi: Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad hit back at Congress President Rahul Gandhi over his repetitive attack at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over Rafale Deal. Briefing the media, Prasad said, “Never before in the history of independent India, has a party president used such words for a PM. We can’t expect anything else from Rahul Gandhi. He has no quality or ability, he’s there due to his family.” Also Read - Assam Police Arrests Opposition MLA Over 'Objectionable' Remarks on COVID-19 Quarantine Camps
Prasad further said, “He wants to help Pakistan. It’s my charge with the full sense of responsibility R Gandhi is playing in hands of enemies of India by insisting upon disclosure of all weapon system.” Also Read - Crackers Are Passe, This BJP Leader Fired Shots in Air to Fulfil PM Modi's '9 Baje 9 Minute' Request, Booked
His comment came few hours after the grand-old party chief said that PM Modi must come out clean and answer the truth about the Rafale deal as the comment that Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence was proposed as Ambani’s Reliance Defence has got people convinced that the PM is a ‘thief’. In Gandhi’s words, it has become embedded in the minds of people that ‘desh ka chowkidaar chor hai” (ALSO READ: Hollande Called Narendra Modi a Thief, PM Should Tell Truth & Save Dignity of His Office: Rahul Gandhi)
Reiterating the ex-French president’s statement, Gandhi had said that it is a shame that for the first time in Indian history an ex-French President is calling our PM a thief. On Friday, former French president Francois Hollande claimed that the Indian government had suggested Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence as the offset partner in the Rafale deal. He had also said that the French government and Dassault Aviation had no involvement in the choice of Indian industrial partners in the multi-million dollar jet contract. Earlier in the day, Gandhi had tweeted saying that the PM had dishonoured the blood of the martyred soldiers.
Senior Congress Mallikarjun Kharge had also demanded the resignation of PM Modi and said that he is unfit for the post.
Spokesperson of France’s Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs said in a statement said, “The French government is in no manner involved in the choice of Indian industrial partners who have been, are being, or will be selected by French companies. In accordance with India’s acquisition procedure, French companies have the full freedom to choose the Indian partner companies that they consider to be the most relevant, then present for the Indian government’s approval the offsets projects that they wish to execute in India with these local partners so as to fulfil their obligations in this regard.”
It is here to be noted that the Congress has stepped up its attack on the government over the Rafale deal and is seeking to make it a major poll issue ahead of assembly elections in some key states later this year and the parliamentary election in 2019.