Rahul Gandhi says 'something fishy' about Rafale deal, questions Nirmala Sitharaman's 'change in stance' on revelation of details

New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday continued his attack on the government over the Rafale aircraft deal and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not answering his questions because there was something "fishy" about it.

Referring to Modi's speeches in Parliament on Wednesday, he told reporters it was clear that the prime minister was not interested in answering "fundamental questions".

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, he said, had first announced that she would inform the nation about the cost of purchasing Rafale aircraft but was now saying she could not do so as it was a state secret.

"Which of her two statements is correct," he asked. Later in a tweet, Gandhi wondered why she had "changed" her stand. Was it to hide corruption or was it a bid to protect the prime minister or "Modiji's friend", he asked.

Gandhi said he had also posed three questions to Modi.

These included the aircraft's cost and "handing over" the deal to a businessman after "snatching" it from a public undertaking.

However, there was no reply, Gandhi said.

"There can be only one answer and it is that there is something fishy about this," he said.

The Congress has claimed that there is a huge scam in the NDA government’s procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France, a charge that the government has denied.

Updated Date: Feb 08, 2018 22:23 PM

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