New Delhi, Aug 18: Congress on Saturday again attack Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the Rafale aircraft deal and termed it a scam. The party is planning to launch a nation-wide agitation against Rafale deal. Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala informed the media after the meeting of party general secretaries, party in-charges of states, legislative party leaders and state unit chiefs, which was presided over by Congress President Rahul Gandhi.Also Read - PM Modi Rolls Out Academic Bank Of Credit, Other Educations Initiatives On One Year Of NEP
The meeting discussed the party’s preparations for the assembly polls later this year in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram. Briefing reporters later, Congress Communications In-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala said the meeting discussed “political challenges in the election-bound states”. (ALSO READ: France Trashes Rahul’s Rafale Charge, Says There’s Secrecy Pact Between Both Nations) Also Read - Govt Announces 27 Percent Reservation for OBC Students, 10% to EWS Students in UG-PG, Medical, Dental Courses
He said the Congress party will launch an agitation to highlight “bhrashtachar ka khel, Rafale” (corruption in Rafale deal). Also Read - PM Modi Shares Stunning Video of Over 3000 Blackbucks Crossing a Road in Gujarat's Bhavnagar | Watch
“It was decided that the scams of Modi government, particularly the Rafale scam, will be taken to the people of India. In next 30 days, Congress workers will fan out and hold district and state-level demonstrations,” Surjewala said.
He alleged that a contract in the Rafale deal had been “snatched away” from Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, a public sector undertaking. Surjewala said that party leaders, including Congress Working Committee members, general secretaries, in-charges of states and party secretaries, will approach people at the block, district, and state levels and “ensure that a fair and independent probe and a JPC (joint parliamentary committee) probe into the Rafale deal is constituted immediately.”
Attacking the Centre over the Rafale Deal, Rahul had said in Lok Sabha, “The Government claimed that there is secrecy pact with France on Rafale deal. I personally met PM of France and asked him if any such pact existed, he clearly said there is no pact.”
Later, France on July 20 denied the Congress president’s remarks that President Macron had told him that there was no secrecy pact with India on the Rafale jet deal and said there was a legally-binding agreement security agreement binding the two countries which also covers the agreement to purchase the fighter jets by India.
Gandhi had also alleged that Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had misled the house over the secrecy clause in Rafale deal under pressure from PM Modi. Meanwhile, PM Modi too gave his response after the French government had released its statement saying that it was unfortunate that both the government had to issue clarifications over something so huge which was of national importance.