New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi Saturday dared Prime Minister Narendra Modi to have a debate on Rafale on a time and place of the latter’s choice. Declaring in advance on the points he would debate upon, Gandhi said that he knows that the PM would not able to answer his questions. Also Read - On Call, PM Modi Discusses COVID-19 Situation With French President Macron

The Congress President said that he would talk about Ambani, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and the French President’s statements among many other things. Also Read - PM Modi’s Mother Heeraben Modi Donates Rs 25000 From Her Personal Savings to PM-CARES Fund

Gandhi on an earlier occasion had referred to PM Modi as “Mr 56”, and alleged that the latter overruled the benchmark prices of the fighter aircraft and increased them from 5.2 billion euros to 8.2 billion euros (which almost equals to Rs 22,743 crore).

The Congress President had tweeted, “Another Rafale Skeleton! Mr Modi personally increased the benchmark price of RAFALE jets by 3 Billion Euros (₹22,743Cr). The former Director of Finance, MOD, just said that he and the negotiating team were overruled by Mr 56.” Referring to a media report in which ex-head of MoD finance Manu Pubby called the benchmark price of the fighter aircraft questionable, Gandhi launched a tirade stating that the PM himself had increased the price of the fighter jets.

Gandhi had also spoken about how the Centre had admitted to the Supreme Court that there was no “sovereign guarantee by the French government backing the Rafale deal”. Gandhi had tweeted, “The latest skeleton to tumble out of the RAFALE cupboard: NO Guarantee by the French Govt. backing the deal. BUT, our PM says there’s a letter from the French promising to be faithful! That’s enough to call this a “Govt to Govt” deal?,” along with hashtag #BikGayaChowkidar.

Congress has called the Rafale jet deal the biggest example of crony capitalism and has time and again alleged that the national interest was compromised with by helping a private entity to the tune of crores of rupees in violation of rules.