New Delhi, July 23: The Congress will move a privilege motion against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman over the Rafale deal, the party said in a press conference on Monday. The grand old party has reportedly claimed that the Modi government’s claim of secrecy clause in Rafale deal is an attempt to mislead the nation.Also Read - PM Narendra Modi Hails Wrestler Ravi Dahiya For Winning Silver Medal at Tokyo Olympics 2020
Accusing the Prime Minister and the Defence Minister of misleading the nation on the Rafale issue, former Defence Minister and senior Congress leader AK Antony said that the government’s claim that a secrecy clause in the pact was forcing it to not reveal price details of the deal was “totally wrong”. They have to reveal price details of each aircraft, he said. Also Read - ED Raids Former Karnataka Minister Roshan Baig, Congress MLA Zameer Over IMA Ponzi Scam
Talking to reporters at the press conference, another party leader Anand Sharma stated that the government owes Parliament an explanation on why Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman “misled” the nation on the price issue. Also Read - PM Narendra Modi speaks to Skipper Manpreet Singh, Coach Graham Reid After Olympic Hockey Bronze; Applauds Hard Work
“The French government had no objection in revealing the price of the Rafale aircraft. This was conveyed by the French president to Rahul Gandhi,” he said.
The development comes days after the BJP had moved a privilige motion against Congress president Rahul Gandhi for allegedly making “insubstantial claims against the BJP, particularly against the Prime Minister on Rafale deal” in the Lok Sabha during the no-confidence motion debate.