New Delhi: Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar on Saturday turned the tables blaming the Congress party for the whole controversy over the Rafale deal between India and France. Speaking to news agency ANI, Akbar said that the Memorandum of Understanding for delivering the Rafale aircraft was signed when UPA was in power in 2012. Also Read - India's Coronavirus Cases Drop to 42,640 Today; Lowest in Nearly 3 Months; Vaccinations Hit World Record

“They say that the deal between Dassault and Reliance took place a few days before signing (MoU), which is absolutely untrue. MoU was signed between Rafale and Reliance on February 13, 2013, when Rahul Gandhi was in power. Another lie peddled by Congress President is exposed,” MoS MEA MJ Akbar said. Also Read - PM Modi Launches M-Yoga App on International Yoga Day 2021 | Here's All You Need to Know

Akbar’s remarks were in response to a media report which stated that Francois Hollande‘s partner and actor Julie Gayet had entered a deal with Anil Ambani’s Reliance Entertainment to produce two films two days before the former French president signed a MoU with Prime Minister Narendra Modi for delivering 36 Rafale aircraft way back in 2016. Also Read - International Yoga Day 2021 Highlights: India Celebrates Yoga Day; President, Union Ministers Participate

Slamming Rahul Gandhi for alleging controversy in the Rafale deal, Akbar said that the Congress president has lost his balance due to elections. “You cannot corner anyone with lies. For that, you need truth. Rahul Gandhi and his family is stuck in Bofors scam for so many years because there was truth in it. Sometimes I feel he has lost his balance due to elections,” he said.

M.J. Akbar’s remarks have come hours after Rahul Gandhi termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi a “thief” and “corrupt” in the Rafale deal as the BJP hit back saying the Gandhi family is out on bail and is the “source of all corruption in the country”.

“Now what the ex-President of France is saying is that the Prime Minister of India is a thief… that is what the statement is saying. It is very important for the PM now to either accept Hollande’s statement and say that he is telling the truth or that Hollande is not telling the truth and here is the truth,” Gandhi said.