New Delhi: Refuting Robert Vadra’s allegation of a witch-hunt against him, the BJP hit back with vengeance on Thursday. “We’re aware how Robert Vadra is working as de facto Congress president. In a press conference, the BJP asked Rahul Gandhi a few questions on Rafale, and Vadra came to answer. We’ve one question for Vadra, “Tu idhar udhar ki baat na kar, ye bata ki UPA ke samay parRafale ka karwaan kyun ruka? (Don’t skirt the issue, tell us why the Rafale deal got derailed during the UPA regime),” said party spokesperson Sambit Patra.

He went on to add, “Is it not true that the deal wasn’t finalised because you (Vadra) didn’t receive commission and Dassualt refused to deal with you? The BJP presented all the facts in a press conference and questioned Rahul Gandhi, and Robert Vadra is answering them. Is Rahul Gandhi equal to Robert Vadra?”

Meanwhile, NCP chief Sharad Pawar has spoken out in favour or PM Modi and said people “do not have doubts” the latter’s intentions. In an interview to a Marathi news channel, the former Defence minister also said the Opposition’s demand to share technical details relating to the fighter jet “made no sense”. He, however, said there was no harm for the government to disclose prices of the aircraft.

“I don’t think people have doubts about Modi’s intentions personally,” Pawar told the news channel. He, however, said the way Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the government’s side led to confusion in the minds of people. “Now, (Union Finance Minister Arun) Jaitley can be seen articulating (government’s stand) on the issue (instead of Sitharaman),” he added.

French President Emmanuel Macron has steered clear of the controversy by saying the deal was inked when he wasn’t in power. All he did say was, “I was not in charge and I know we have very clear laws.”