BJP Leader Manohar Parrikar Blackmailing Modi in Rafale Deal: Rahul Gandhi

Congress President Rahul Gandhi. (file photo): Courtesy: Congress
Congress President Rahul Gandhi. (file photo): Courtesy: Congress

Rahul Gandhi challenged PM Narendra Modi to have a one-on-one debate on Rafale deal.

By Rakesh Raman

Congress president Rahul Gandhi said today that Manohar Parrikar – who is Goa chief minister (CM) and former Defence Minister (DM) in Narendra Modi government – is blackmailing Modi with the documents that he has related to the Rafale scam.

Rahul Gandhi was referring to a leaked audio clip that reveals a cabinet minister of Goa stating that Parrikar has claimed that he has all the secret files of Rafale deal and Modi cannot harm him.

“Manohar Parrikar has publicly stated that he had no clue of the change in the deal. And now we find out that he has all the files of Rafale in his bedroom,” Rahul Gandhi said in a press conference today. “Essentially, Parrikar is threatening PM because he has (secret) information.”

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The Congress president added that in the Rafale deal Modi has given Rs. 30,000-crore undue benefit to his friend Anil Ambani who is under a debt of Rs. 45,000 crore (over $6 billion).

“Modi must answer whether Defence Ministry objected to the new deal and whose decision inflated the price of aircraft from Rs. 526 crore to Rs. 1600 crore. And Modi must answer whether or not Indian Air Force objected to this decision of price increase,” Rahul Gandhi said, adding that there is no consistency in Modi’s defence.

Rahul Gandhi challenged Modi to have a one-on-one debate on Rafale deal. “Modi does not have the guts,” he said.

Rahul Gandhi asserted that in its recent decision, Supreme Court has said that it is not in its jurisdiction to probe Rafale scam. “Supreme Court never commented about the corruption in Rafale deal or the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe to investigate the Rafale deal,” Rahul Gandhi clarified.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a national award-winning journalist and social activist. He is the founder of a humanitarian organization RMN Foundation which is working in diverse areas to help the disadvantaged and distressed people in the society.

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