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Sitharaman points to 'FAM', downplays Rahul's charge

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Taking a dig at who filed his nomination papers from seat with his entire family by his side, Sitharaman on Wednesday said the was accompanied by the "family", the word used in VVIP chopper deal accused Christian Michel's diary, seized by the (ED).

Addressing the media at the here, Sitharaman said people out on bail accompanied Gandhi during his nomination in an apparent reference to

"In Michel's term, he was accompanied by the family. That is the company. The sitting of is going to file his nominations. Today, he crossed all the lines of decency," she said.

The 'FAM' is the term used in Michel's diary.

Sithraman's remarks followed Rahul Gandhi's attack on after the rejected the preliminary objections raised by the government in the Rafale deal investigations.

Welcoming the judgement, Gandhi after filing his nominations said "truth had prevailed" and challenged the for a debate on the deal.

"An honest on whom there is not one case. Here is this (Rahul) person on bail violating every norms of political deceny and alleging things that the court has never said," Sitharaman said.

was accompanied by mother Sonia Gandhi, sister and to the collectorate to file his nomination papers.

On Gandhi's debate challenge, Sitharaman said first the should read the judgement and show those lines in the court order that he has attributed to in his remarks on Rafale.

"Gandhi who quotes things, which are not part of the basic judgement, is challenging an honest Prime Minister. He should at least stop speaking lies," she said.

Reacting on the court order, Gandhi had said, "A few days ago, the Prime Minister gave an interview to a news channel. On questions related to the Rafale deal, he said the had given him a clean chit. And today the has accepted that there is some corruption in the deal."

The three-term will take on and BJP candidate in in a virtually direct contest as the SP-BSP-RLD alliance has decided not to put up candidate.



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First Published: Wed, April 10 2019. 23:54 IST