New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday charged Prime Minister Narendra Modi with snatching away money from the poor to fill the pockets of industrialist Anil Ambani in the Rafale deal. The Congress president further asked the prime minister for answers on why Rafale price was not disclosed and how Ambani got the contract. “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 - Vaccine Strategy to be Chalked Out Soon, States Must Start Working on Cold Storage Facilities: PM Modi

“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. Also Read - Supreme Court Snubs Tej Bahadur's Plea Challenging PM Modi's Lok Sabha Contest From Varanasi

Reiterating that former French president Francois Hollande called Narendra Modi a “thief” when he revealed that it was the Indian government which suggested the name of Anil Ambani-led Reliance Defence as the offset partner to Dassault in the Rafale deal, Rahul Gandhi said that “Modi ji has to clarify why is he (Hollande) calling him a thief”. “The main issue is that the former France President has called Indian Prime Minister a ‘thief’, and Narendra Modi has to clarify on it,” he said.

Demanding Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the Rafale deal controversy, the Congress leader said, “Arun Jaitley keep repeating ‘truth, truth, truth’, all the truth will come out once there is a JPC probe.”

Stepping up his attack on PM Modi for his silence on the Rafale deal, Gandhi said that he gives big speeches but hasn’t spoken a word about Anil Ambani. “That’s because the ‘Chowkidaar’ made Anil Ambani steal,” he alleged. “Set up JPC (Joint Parliamentary Committee) & the truth will come out. But Arun Jaitley’s boss Narendra Modi can’t do this work. Narendra Modi gives big speeches but never speaks a word on Rafale or Anil Ambani,” he said.