Continuing his attack on the NDA government for maintaining secrecy on the Rafale deal, Congress president Rahul Gandhi took a dig at finance minister Arun Jaitley, and repeated his 'Jaitlie' swipe at him.
Speaking to reporters after an Opposition delegation met President Ram Nath Kovind over alleged foul play in judge BH Loya's death, Rahul after referring to the finance minister as 'Jaitlie,' said, "Perhaps, I should use a spellcheck."
Rahul's statement came minutes after he used the jibe on Twitter to criticise the Centre's claim that the UPA government had never released details of defence purchases. He has used the term before to criticise the finance minister.
Dear Mr Jaitlie,
You said the UPA never released prices of Defence purchases?
To nail your lie, here are 3 Parliamentary replies by the UPA with full transparency on pricing.
— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) February 9, 2018
Jaitley had accused the Congress on Thursday of "seriously compromising" the country's security by seeking details of armaments purchased along with the aircraft.
He had also advised Rahul Gandhi to "learn lessons on national security" from former defence minister Pranab Mukherjee.
"Your party was stigmatised when you were in government because of allegations of corruption. Now the new act is, let us manufacture an allegation of corruption against the NDA. So when you couldn't find anything, you said please disclose the price of the Rafale deal," Jaitley said while replying to the debate on the budget.
Addressing the media with Congress leader Kapil Sibal and CPI leader D Raja, Rahul said on Thursday that Jaitley should "come clean on the deal."
The defence ministry had denied the charges of graft by the Opposition on Wednesday and called the demand to disclose the details and value of the contract "unrealistic".
With inputs from PTI
Updated Date: Feb 09, 2018 18:51 PM