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Rahul should apologise, withdraw allegations on Rafale deal, says BJP

Rahul Gandhi also renewed the demand for a joint parliamentary committee to probe the Rafale deal

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Rahul Gandhi
Congress President Rahul Gandhi. Photo: @INCIndia

chief on Wednesday cited a purported “dissent note” by some officials who negotiated the to assert that it demolished Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s claim of better pricing and faster delivery of the jets, and dismissed the (CAG) report on the multi-billion pact as a “cover-up” that was “not worth the paper” it was written on.

The (BJP) responded by demanding an apology from Rahul Gandhi, as the CAG had said in its report that the Democratic Alliance deal was 2.86 per cent cheaper than the United Progressive Alliance one.

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At a press conference, the chief said even though he did not agree with the CAG’s submission, it still called the bluff of Modi, then Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who had told Parliament that the new deal was 9-20 per cent lower.

“The fact of the matter is that the new deal that… Modi signed gets India the aircraft later than the original deal,” said.

Hitting back, senior leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said, said in view of the Supreme Court order and the CAG report, should withdraw his allegations and tender an apology. “The demands that Rahul apologise as the SC order and the have exposed his lies,” he added.

Rahul Gandhi also renewed the demand for a joint parliamentary committee to probe the “You say there was no scam, then why are you afraid of ordering a JPC?” he said.

Earlier in the day, raising slogans such as “chowkidar chor hai”, lawmakers, including Rahul Gandhi, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, and former prime minister Manmohan Singh, protested near the Mahatma Gandhi statue in the Parliament complex.

First Published: Thu, February 14 2019. 00:52 IST