Lok Sabha adjourned after SC's Rafale verdict: BJP demands Rahul Gandhi apologise in Parliament

New Delhi: The treasury benches on Friday mounted a counter-offensive on the Opposition on the Rafale issue in the Lok Sabha after the Supreme Court gave a clean chit to the deal, with the government seeking an apology from Congress chief Rahul Gandhi.

File image of a Rafale fighter jet. Wikimedia Commons

File image of a Rafale fighter jet. Wikimedia Commons

As soon as the Question Hour was taken up, Opposition members trooped into the Well carrying placards on various issues, including the alleged scam in the Rafale deal. But BJP members stood up and started raising slogans against the Congress and Rahul.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said following the SC verdict, Rahul Gandhi should apologise. Amid loud sloganeering, around 11.10 am, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the House till noon.

The Supreme Court on Friday gave a clean chit to the Narendra Modi government on the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France. The apex court said there was no occasion to doubt the decision-making process in the multi-billion dollar Rafale deal.

Welcoming the judgement, BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said,"Every deal is not Bofors deal."  He said, "It is the culture and tradition of Congress and its top leadership to mint money from such deals on the cost of country's national security." Rahul and the Congress should apologise to the prime minister for making false allegations against him and questioning his credibility, he added.

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Updated Date: Dec 14, 2018 11:45 AM

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