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Gandhi a serial liar and manufacturer of fake news: BJP

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Facing relentless attack from on the Rafale deal, the BJP on Friday alleged the was a "serial liar" and "manufacturer of fake news" and his repeated lies cannot substitute the truth of the deal.

Citing comments of Rafale's French manufacturer Aviation's to reject Gandhi's allegations, said the and Dassult have "exposed" Gandhi's "fake news" and it was high time for him to stop lying.

Asserting that the people of trusted Narendra Modi, Goyal also rejected the suggestion that the has used the issue of alleged corruption in the Rafale deal to create a perception against the

Goyal said an "issue-less" party and its leadership bereft of truth are no substitute to Modi and his good governance.

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

Gandhi has been accusing the of forcing to select Reliance as an offset partner to help the Indian firm "pocket" Rs 30000 crore -- the entire estimated offset amount.

Targeting the leader, Goyal said people have been of late seeing activities of a "serial liar", with an "issue-less" party thinking that it can repeat lie after lie to make it sound like truth.

The minister said it has become clear now that Gandhi has been beating a dead horse and

Goyal said the government has maintained highest standards of transparency and integrity in the deal to buy 36 fighter aircraft from Rafale and it expeditiously purchased the aircraft due to reasons of national security and negotiated a better term than what the UPA dispensation had managed.

The Dassault has categorically confirmed that offset was an obligation for his company and it selected its partners of its "volition and choice".

He also reiterated the BJP's charge that the Congress had cancelled the deal with Dassault when it was in power because the French firm did not agree to give benefits to a linked to Robert Vadra, Gandhi's

Gandhi's attacks on the are an attempt to deflect attention from this, Goyal said.

"His repeated lies and falsehood after falsehood will not change reality," Goyal said, referring to Congress president's charges relating to comments attributed to former French and those of France's current

At the press conference, Goyal, however, declined to answer queries on allegations of sexual harassment levelled against his ministerial colleague and BJP M J Akbar.

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 17:45 IST