Amethi (UP): Congress president Rahul Gandhi escalated the attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Rafale deal controversy accusing him of stealing the money from youth and the Air Force and filling the pockets of industrialist Anil Ambani who, he said, was already under a debt of Rs 45,000 crore. Also Read - Bihar Polls: Rahul Gandhi Accuses PM Modi of Not Talking About Problems Like Unemployment Faced by Our Country

“PM had said I am the ‘chowkidar’ of the nation, so this chowkidar put the money of the youth and the air force in the pockets of Anil Ambani, who has a debt of 45,000 cr on him, just like Vijay Mallya has debt,” he said. He further asked PM Modi why Ambani was given a contract despite there being a Rs 45,000 crore debt on him. Also Read - Save Bihar From 'Jungle Raj': PM Modi Slams Lalu's RJD at Darbhanga Rally

On Monday, the Congress president charged Narendra Modi with “theft” saying he snatched money from the poor to give it to Ambani. Why was the price not disclosed…How was the contract given to Ambani… Serious charges have been levelled by former French president Francois Hollande,” he said. Also Read - Don't Forget Masks, Do Gaj Ki Doori: PM Modi Urges Bihar Voters to Ensure Safety

“Modi ji ne HAL se contract chheen kar Anil Ambani ko de diya. Zindagi mein unhone aircraft nahi banaya. Humare jawan apni zindagi dete hain, Modi ji ne unki jeb se paisa chorri karke Anil Ambani ke jeb mein daal diya (Modi ji snatched the Rafale contract from HAL and gave it to Anil Ambani. Ambani’s company hasn’t made a single aircraft in life. Our soldiers give their lives at the borders but Modi ji snatched the money from their pockets to fill the pockets of Ambani)” he said after arriving at Amethi for his two-day visit.

The Congress party on Monday moved the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) seeking an FIR as part of its multi-pronged attack on the Rafale deal but the BJP hit back by alleging that the previous UPA government had cancelled the fighter jets deal with France as a company linked to Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s brother-in-law Robert Vadra was not accepted as the “middleman”.

Gandhi, who is in his Lok Sabha constituency Amethi, launched a virulent attack on Modi saying the country’s “chowkidar” (watchman) had committed “chori” (theft). In a tweet, he made another veiled attack on Modi, calling him “India’s Commander in Thief.”

BJP, on the other hand, dragged Robert Vadra saying, “Vadra, the Gandhi family and the then government wanted that the Rafale deal with Dassault Aviation should have been done under Vadra’s company Offset India Solutions, which was formed in 2008.”