Rahul Gandhi hits out at Narendra Modi, alleges foul play forced alterations to Rafale deal
Rahul Gandhi on Thursday attacked prime minister Narendra Modi over the Rafale fighter aircraft agreement
New Delhi: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday attacked prime minister Narendra Modi over the Rafale fighter aircraft agreement and asked the media why it did not question him for allegedly changing the "entire deal" to benefit a businessman.
He also asked why no questions were posed to the prime minister on Amit Shah's son Jay, whose company the Congress has alleged has witnessed a quantum jump in turnover since the Modi government came to power. "I answer all your questions, whatever you ask me. Why don't you question prime minister Modi on the Rafale deal, on Amit Shah's son.
Why don't you question the prime minister who changed the entire Rafale deal to help a businessman?" he asked.
He was speaking to reporters after the meeting of the newly formed All India Unorganised Workers Congress (AIUWC). He expressed satisfaction over the formation of AIUWC and said he felt good interacting with them.
Earlier this week, the Congress accused the government of compromising national interest and security while promoting "crony capitalism" and causing a loss to the public exchequer. The BJP rubbished the allegation, claiming it was intended to "divert attention" as the party bigwigs faced the prospect of being questioned in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scandal.
The Congress' communications department head Randeep Surjewala alleged that the government neglected the interests of public sector Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
Dassault Aviation, the French manufacturer of Rafale aircraft, refused to transfer technology to it and instead entered into an agreement with Reliance Defence. He also alleged that the aircraft was being purchased at much higher rates than what was decided after the completion of the tender process under the previous UPA government.
It's now come to the point where the perverse argument is being made that perhaps we don't really need a scrupulously honest minister like Antony: what we need is someone who can "strike a balance" between probity and effectiveness.
BJP today claimed its campaign against the government on the Augusta Westland chopper deal has led to cancellation of the order but said this would not absolve the government of its "wrongdoings".
Facing the prospect of being blacklisted after the Defence Ministry scrapped its Rs 3600-crore deal for supply of VVIP helicopters, Anglo-Italian firm AgustaWestland today denied any wrongdoing saying it will "robustly defend" its reputation.