Taking a dig at Rahul Gandhi who filed his nomination papers from Amethi Lok Sabha seat with his entire family by his side, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday said the Congress President was accompanied by the "family", the word used in AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal accused Christian Michel's diary, seized by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
The 'FAM' is the term used in Michel's diary.
Sithraman's remarks followed Rahul Gandhi's attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the Supreme Court 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 Prime Minister for a debate on the deal.
"An honest Prime Minister 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.
"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 Supreme Court had given him a clean chit. And today the Supreme Court has accepted that there is some corruption in the deal."
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