New Delhi: While Congress President Rahul Gandhi uses Rafale deal as his trump card, the BJP on Tuesday claimed that the former’s attack only went on to show the hollowness of his political character.
At the Congress Working Committee meet on Tuesday, Rahul attacked the Narendra Modi Government over the Rafale deal but his charges were strongly rebutted by BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar.
Rahul reportedly said Anil Ambani couldn’t even make a paper plane, leave alone be the offset partner.
Later, holding a press briefing in the national capital, Javadekar said, “We thought at least in Gandhinagar, where Gandhi ji worked, Rahul Gandhi would speak the truth. But even there, he continued with his story of lies. Mahatma Gandhi and this Gandhi are different. He used to walk on the path of truth and Rahul walks on the path of lies. What is Rafale? I always describe Rafale as ‘Rahul fail.’ He thinks that if lies are spoken repeatedly, they become the truth. But it does not happen.”
Rahul has been alleging that the Centre paid an exorbitant price for the fighter jets from France’s Dassault Aviation. While the Centre has denied all the charges, Rahul has also questioned why Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence, and not Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, got the contract as an offset partner of Dassault. To this as well, the Government has insisted that it did not have a say in guiding Dassault to pick Reliance Defence.
The Indian Air Force has also spoken out that the fighter jets would be like booster dose for its armoury. After the IAF airstrikes in Balakot, Pakistan, targetting the terror camps of Jaish-e-Mohammed, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also pointed out that the nature of the strikes would’ve been something else had India already got Rafale jets.
Meanwhile, the Opposition has demanded a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into the deal but the demand was turned down. A batch of petitions in the Supreme Court were also junked by the apex court which said it saw no merit in those and that there seemed to be no kickbacks involved in the deal.