Modi Has Fled Parliament & Questions on Rafale, Lecturing Students at Lovely University: Rahul Gandhi
Stepping up his attack over alleged regularities in the Rafale Deal, the Congress president questioned the PM's absence from the Lok Sabha.
Continuing his attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Rafale deal scam, Congress President Rahul Gandhi said on Thursday, January 3 that instead of answering questions on the deal, the PM is “instead lecturing students at Lovely Univ.(University) in Punjab, today.”
The PM is in Jalandhar and will be addressing an event at Lovely Professional University. Taking a dig at the PM’s absence from the house, Gandhi wrote in his tweet:
So it seems our PM has fled Parliament & his own open book Rafale exam & is instead lecturing students at Lovely Univ. in Punjab, today.
I request the students there to, respectfully, ask him to please answer the 4 questions posed to him by me, yesterday. #RafaleScam
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) January 3, 2019
The Congress chief launched an offensive against Modi in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday and later addressed a press conference, alleging that the prime minister was “hiding in his room” and did not have the guts to face questions in Parliament on the Rafale deal.
Stepping up his attack on Modi over the Rafale issue, Gandhi used an audio clip to allege that Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar was “blackmailing” Modi with a file on the Rs 58,000-crore fighter jets deal “lying in his bedroom”.
After the heated debate in the Lok Sabha, Gandhi had sent a set of four questions to the prime minister for the “exam”, asking him why an amount of Rs 1,600 crore was paid for each aircraft instead of Rs 560 crore and why the contract was given to “AA”, an abbreviation used for the Reliance Group’s Anil Ambani, and not the public sector Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
“Tomorrow, the PM faces an Open Book Rafale Deal Exam in Parliament,” he had tweeted on Wednesday.
“Here are the exam questions in advance: Q1. Why 36 aircraft, instead of the 126 the IAF needed? Q2. Why 1,600 Cr instead of 560 Cr per aircraft. Q4. Why AA instead of HAL? Will he show up? Or send a proxy?,” the Congress chief had said on Twitter.
(With PTI inputs)