New Delhi: Congress leader BK Hariprasad on Thursday courted a controversy after alleging a ‘match fixing’ between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan in connection with the dastardly Pulwama terror attack, in which 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans were killed in south Kashmir. (ALSO READ – Jaish-e-Mohammed Planning Pulwama-like Terror Attack in Anantnag, Warn Intelligence Sources) Also Read - Jammu And Kashmir: Pakistan Violates Ceasefire In Rajouri District, Army Jawan Martyred
“There is a match fixing between Narendra Modi and Imran Khan, or else this Pulwama incident would not have taken place,” the Rajya Sabha member said while speaking to reporters in the national capital. Also Read - Delhi Chalo: Are Autos, Taxis Going Off Roads In National Capital? Autorickshaw Union Clears Doubts
Hariprasad’s remark came in reaction to Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad’s attack on Congress president Rahul Gandhi as he tried to corner the Government yet again over the controversial Rafale deal on Thursday. Also Read - Amid Farmers Protest, PM Modi Says New Agricultural Reforms Have Given Them Legal Protection
Earlier in the day, the Congress president had said, “Rafale files disappeared and it was said that an investigation should be conducted against you (media) because of that. But there won’t be an investigation against the person who was involved in Rs 30,000 crore scam?”
Notably on Wednesday, the Supreme Court was informed by the Centre that certain documents related to Rafale fighter jets deal that have appeared in the media were stolen from the Defence Ministry and threatened the newspaper with the Official Secrets Act for publishing articles based on them.
Hitting back, RS Prasad had said: “I totally condemn blatant lies of Rahul Gandhi. He does not believe the Indian Air Force, does not trust the Supreme Court verdict that clearly said there is no commercial impropriety in the (Rafale) procurement process. He does not believe the CAG.”
Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Karnataka sharply reacted to Hariprasad’s charge, calling it irresponsible and saying he should be ashamed of making such statements. Slamming Hariprasad for his remarks, BJP’s MLC N Ravikumar said, “This is a highly condemnable, irresponsible statement. He should be ashamed of making such statements. Where had he mortgaged his brain before making such a statement.”
This is not the first time that the Congress leader has made such a remark hence courting a controversy. Earlier in January, he had mocked BJP national president Amit Shah’s illness when the latter was admitted to the AIIMS for contracting H1N1.