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Modi hiding truth behind Rafale deal, Jay Shah before Gujarat polls: Rahul

Modi wants that the truth of Rafale and Jay Shah should not come before the public ahead of the Gujarat elections: Rahul

Press Trust of India  |  Dahegam (Gujarat) 

Rahul Gandhi
Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi (Photo: PTI)

vice-president Rahul Gandhi targeted Prime Minister in poll-bound Gujarat today and alleged that the latter did not want the "truth" behind the multi-crore and issue to come out before the Assembly election in his home state.

He also alleged that the NDA government was delaying the as Modi was not ready to discuss the Rafale and 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 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 was the (then) defence minister 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 should not come before the public ahead of the Gujarat elections," he said.

"Rafale is a matter related to the Indian Air Force, security, martyrs. Modiji will have to answer these questions before the people of the country and Gujarat," he said.

The 47-year-old Amethi MP said while the media persons asked him a lot of questions, they did not do the same with the prime minister over the Rafale and Jay Shah issues.

"Modiji will make many tours of Gujarat. Press reporters ask me various questions. Why don't you ask Modi about the and Jay Shah? The people should also ask Modiji about Rafale and Jay Shah when he comes to Gujarat," he said.

The prime minister is scheduled to address a series of poll rallies in Gujarat in support of the BJP candidates next week.

The 182-member Gujarat Assembly will go to the polls in two phases -- on December 9 and 14. Counting of votes will be taken up on December 18.

"Generally, Parliament's (Winter) session is held every year in November and discussions (on crucial issues) take place in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. But, due to two reasons, Parliament is opening after the Gujarat polls this time.

"First, (BJP chief) Amit Shah's son (Jay) converted Rs 50,000 to Rs 80 crore in three months. Second, and a more important reason, is the The entire procedure went on for the purchase of the planes and after all the discussions were over, himself went to France to change the contract," he alleged.

In September last year, India had inked an intergovernmental agreement with France for the procurement of jets at a cost of around Rs 58,000 crore.

The had recently raised questions over the deal and accused the Modi-led BJP government of compromising on interest and security while promoting "crony capitalism" and causing a loss to the public exchequer.

However, the BJP had rubbished the allegations.

In an article published on news portal The Wire, it was alleged that the turnover of a company owned by Jay Shah grew exponentially from Rs 50,000 to Rs 8 crore after the BJP came to power at the Centre in 2014.

Both and his son have denied any wrongdoing by the company. Jay Shah has filed a criminal defamation case against the news portal.

First Published: Sat, November 25 2017. 16:36 IST