Rahul trains guns on Modi over Rafale deal, Jay Shah issue

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 26 Nov 2017 09:04:07



CONGRESS Vice-President Rahul Gandhi targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi in poll-bound Gujarat today and alleged that the latter did not want the ‘truth’ behind the multi-crore Rafale deal and Jay Shah issue to come out before the Assembly election in his home state.
He also alleged that the NDA Government was delaying the Winter Session of Parliament as Modi was not ready to discuss the Rafale and Jay Shah issues in the House before the Gujarat polls.

“I would ask Modiji three questions (on the Rafale deal).
First, is there a difference in the cost of planes in the first and the second contract (signed with a French firm) and did India pay more or less money as per the second contract? “And, has the industrialist (whose company has formed a joint venture with the French firm), who was given the contract, ever manufactured planes?,” he asked while addressing a public gathering here in Gandhinagar district.

The Congress leader also sought to know if the due procedure was followed while inking the deal with France last year to procure the Rafale fighter jets.
“And a more important question, did you follow the due Government procedure? Why the (then) defence minister was seen catching fish in Goa? And, was an approval from the Cabinet Committee on Security taken (for the mega deal)?,” he asked.

Gandhi alleged that the Prime Minister was avoiding answering these questions due to the fear that the ‘truth’ would come out before the crucial polls in his home State.
“Narendra Modiji is not replying to these questions because he wants that the truth of Rafale and Jay Shah should not come before the public ahead of the Gujarat elections,” he said.