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'Rafale Minister' Sitharaman caught lying, must resign: Rahul Gandhi

The Congress has alleged that the government caused loss of over Rs 410 billion to the exchequer

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Rahul Gandhi
FILE PHOTO: Congress President Rahul Gandhi | PTI Phot

President Thursday accused of "lying" on HAL's capability to build and demanded her resignation.

The chief took to Twitter to attack Sitharaman, alleging that her position as the has become untenable as a former chief of the state-run Limited (HAL) has "nailed her lie".

"The RM (Rafale Minister) tasked with defending corruption has been caught lying again. The former HAL Chief, T S Raju, has nailed her lie, that HAL didn't have the capability to build the RAFALE. Her position is untenable & she must resign," he tweeted and tagged of a media report on the former HAL chief's assertion.

The has alleged that the government caused loss of over Rs 410 billion to the exchequer and endangered security by bypassing the state-run HAL in favour of some businessman "friends" for offset contract in the

Under India's offset policy, foreign defence entities are mandated to spend at least 30 per cent of the total contract value in India through procurement of components or setting up of research and development facilities.

Sitharaman had earlier told PTI that it was former A K Antony's unprecedented intervention that led to the deal being cancelled after the price negotiation committee had almost finalised the deal.

The charge has been denied by Antony as false.

Sitharaman had also accused Antony of not supporting HAL in getting the

The Congress has stepped up the attack on the government over the and is seeking to make it a major poll issue ahead of assembly elections in some key states later this year and the parliamentary election in 2019.

First Published: Thu, September 20 2018. 11:35 IST