Parrikar Is Threatening The Prime Minister of India Because He Has File on Rafale Deal: Rahul Gandhi
If you divide Rs 58,000 by 36, the number of Rafale fighter jets to be bought, it comes at Rs 1,600 crore, Gandhi added.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday, January 2 launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Rafale deal issue. He underlined that even Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is threatening Modi as he has the files on the deal.
“Parrikar is threatening the Prime Minister of India. He is threatening to blackmail the Prime Minister of India because he has the files on Rafale deal,” Gandhi said in his press conference. “Goa minister says that the chief minister said in a cabinet meeting that he has complete information about Rafale. He, in a way, threatened to blackmail the Prime Minister of India. The question is what information is there in the bedroom of Parrikar and what is its impact on Narendra Modi,” he added.
The Congress president even asked Modi to debate the issue with him. “Give me 20 minutes with the prime minister for one-on-one debate on Rafale, but the prime minister does not have the guts,” Gandhi said.
Commenting on the Supreme Court’s verdict dismissing petitions seeking an inquiry into the deal to acquire 36 Rafale fighter jets from France, Gandhi said, “The Supreme Court has clearly said that it is not in their jurisdiction to probe Rafale scam. Most importantly, CAG report that is quoted by the SC in its verdict does not exist.”
“They (Modi government) keep asking from where did Congress get Rs 1,600 crore per aircraft figure. Jaitley-ji in his speech in Parliament had said the deal is worth Rs 58,000 crore, so divide this by 36, what figure do you get? Rs 1,600 crore,” he added.
Further, taking a dig at Modi’s interview to ANI, Gandhi said that the “pliable journalist’ was ‘asking questions’ and also providing the ‘answers’.