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Cong hits back at BJP's 'serial liar' barb, says India wants answers, not adjectives

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The on Friday hit back at the BJP over its "liar" barb at Rahul Gandhi, saying it should give factual answers to questions asked about the deal and then the country will decide who is lying and who is not.

The and the BJP have been involved in a war of words over the Rs 58-000 crore deal to purchase 36 fighter aircraft from France, with claims and counter-claims flowing thick and fast.

Friday alleged the was a "liar" and "manufacturer of fake news" and his repeated lies cannot substitute the truth of the deal.

Responding to Goyal's attack, Congress said, "Our questions are based on facts, your answers should also be based on facts".

"The country needs factual answers, we don't need your adjectives for The country will decide who is lying and who is not lying," Khera said.

"The entire government looks like a villain today," he said.

He reiterated the Congress's demand for a joint parliamentary committee.

He also took a swipe at the BJP for fielding different ministers to defend the deal, saying when the Congress raised questions on Goyal, came to protect him, when question marks were put on Sitharaman's ministry, then the defended it.

"Today, himself appeared. Unable to keep his ministry on track, he is talking about the Ministry of Defence," Khera said.

Goyal was fielded by the to reject Congress's charges on the Rafale deal, a day after the CEO said his firm's joint venture with Anil Ambani's represented only around 10 per cent of the offset investments under the agreement and it was in partnership talks with 100 other companies.

Gandhi has been accusing the of forcing Aviation to select Reliance as an offset partner to help the Indian firm "pocket" Rs 30,000 crore the entire estimated offset amount.

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 20:55 IST