Mumbai: Congress President Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter on Thursday to remind the Centre of his request to put a Joint Parliamentary Committee in place over the controversial Rafale deal. He tweeted on the micro-blogging site: “Dear Mr Jaitley, Less than 6 hrs left for your deadline on the #Rafale JPC to run out. Young India is waiting. I hope you’re busy convincing Modi Ji and Anil Ambani Ji about why they should listen to you & approve this!” The tweet follows in the wake of a volley of allegations and counter-allegations the Centre, through its various ministers, and the Congress, have levelled against each other. (Also read: Rahul Gandhi Gave Seven Different Prices in Speeches) Also Read - Coronavirus: Total Positive Cases Climb to 1024, Death Toll Reaches 27, State Borders Sealed | Top Points
On Wednesday, during his first interview since he resumed work after his surgery, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had questioned Gandhi’s knowledge about the aircraft. He had said, “Can you compare a basic aircraft’s pricing with a loaded aircraft? Can you compare simple aircraft with a weaponised aircraft.” Terming Gandhi’s allegations as factually wrong, Jaitley had said, “Every fact that they have said on pricing is factually false… Mr Rahul Gandhi himself has given seven different prices in different speeches with regard to the Rafale, that is the 2007 offer. And the simple case is they have made it as if it is a kindergarten or primary school debate.”
However, Rahul had hit back at Jaitley and tweeted, “Mr Jaitley, thanks for bringing the nation’s attention back to the GREAT #RAFALE ROBBERY! How about a Joint Parliamentary Committee to sort it out? Problem is, your Supreme Leader is protecting his friend, so this may be inconvenient. Do check & revert in 24 hrs. We’re waiting,” he tweeted on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Reliance group chairman Anil Ambani has also spoken out in his company’s defence. Addressing media, Ambani said: “The truth will come out. I have personally written to Rahul Gandhi and stated that the Congress has been misinformed, misdirected, and misled on the Rafale deal by malicious vested interests and corporate rivals.” The Reliance Group has repeatedly denied receiving any contract from the Defence Ministry and said “unfounded and incorrect” allegations are being made to “mislead people and cloud the issue.” The group also said that Dassault, the French firm which is to supply 36 Rafale fighter jets, chose Reliance Defence Ltd to meet its ‘offset’. Ambani has said that the Ministry did not orchestrate the deal.