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Rafale Row: ‘Would Very Much Like to Debate With PM Modi on Rafale, Just or 20 Minutes,’ Says Rahul Gandhi
Congress president Rahul Gandhi is addressing a press conference over the ongoing controversy on the Rafale fighter jet deal.
New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi is addressing a press conference over the ongoing controversy on the Rafale fighter jet deal.
Earlier today, sparks flew between the Congress and the Government Wednesday over Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s purported claim he had a file on the Rafale jet deal “lying in his bedroom” and Rahul Gandhi making an attempt in the Lok Sabha to play an audio tape purportedly of a Goa minister regarding this matter.
As tempers ran high in the Lok Sabha, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the tape is “false and fabricated”, asking the Congress president if he can authenticate. Jaitley also asserted that Gandhi may have to face privilege motion and even expulsion in case the tape turns out to be fabricated.
Parrikar on his part termed the audio clip cited by the Congress on the Rafale deal as a desperate attempt to fabricate facts after the Supreme Court exposed the “lies” of the opposition party.
No such discussion as cited in the audio clip ever came up during the Cabinet or any other meeting, said Parrikar, who was the defence minister when India and France signed a deal for the purchase of fighter aircraft from France.