New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday took a swipe at Congress over the Rafale row saying all lies have been exposed with the Supreme Court giving its final verdict. He added that every word against the government has been proved fake and manufactured.
Jaitley took to micro-blogging site Twitter to explain about the multi-billion Rafale deal and attacked the Congress saying the latter will choose to lose its ‘credibility’ but will still persist with lies. Ruling out referring the Rafale deal to a parliamentary panel, Jaitley called Congress “bad losers” and said the CAG’s view of the deal is not relevant after the Supreme Court’s clean chit. (Read Arun Jaitley’s entire blog here)
With the first four days of the winter session of Parliament washed out over various protests, Jaitley said the opposition Congress will prefer disruptions over a discussion on Rafale during the remainder of the session.
The Congress, which was not a petitioner before the apex court, wants the Rafale deal to be referred to a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to go into the price arrived at by the BJP government versus the one negotiated by the previous UPA regime, as also how billionaire Anil Ambani’s group with virtually no experience in manufacture of fighter jets was selected as an offset partner for the deal.
On the Congress claiming ‘ambiguity’ in the Supreme Court judgment that said the deal has been examined by the CAG and is now before Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Jaitley said defense transactions go to the CAG for an audit review, which is referred to the PAC.
On the contrary, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will be conducting press conferences at 70 locations across the nation on December 17, Monday, to “expose Congress for plotting conspiracy against the central government and messing with country’s defense”.
Anil Baluni, the party’s media head and Rajya Sabha member had said, “The BJP will unmask the Congress’ conspiracy against the government and its attempt to play with national security after the Supreme Court has categorically stated the truth about that the Rafale deal.”