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Gandhi lying on Rafale, comes from family of "middlemen": BJP

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Rejecting Rahul Gandhi's allegation of corruption against in the deal, the BJP on Thursday accused the of "lying through his teeth shamelessly" and indulging in "of misinformation" to build his political career.

Repeatedly calling Gandhi a "clown prince", the at a press conference also alleged the comes from "a family of middlemen" and his his father and former was "officially a middleman" in a defence deal.

The Gandhi family had made money from every defence deal till 2014, Patra alleged, claiming that has not been able to come out of that mindset.

Patra was talking to journalists hours after the addressed a press conference where he demanded an investigation into Modi's role in the deal, alleging that he was a "corrupt man" who helped pocket Rs 30,000 crore in the purchase of 36

Rejecting the allegations, Patra said the BJP stands with the truth and accused Gandhi of making a mockery of national security. He also said the Indian has recently described the purchase of the fighter as a "game-changer".

Patra also read out from a statement of Dassault Aviation, manufacturer of fighter aircraft, to claim that Gandhi inserted "Reliance" deliberately where the firm has spoken about its commitment to offset purchase from

The BJP further said the has also dismissed a PIL (public interest litigation) that had questioned the aircraft's price and sought the deal cancelled.

He said the people will decide whether to believe Gandhi or the and the

"People of this country do not want a clown to play with the national security. His press conference was full of lies and deception which he is using to build his political career. This will not happen," he said.

Reacting sharply to the Congress president's allegation that Modi acted like a "chowkidar" of Anil Ambani, the BJP asked whether former prime minister was a prime minister only for Ottavio Quattrocchi, an accused in the Bofors case.

Patra accused the Congress leader of "lying through his teeth shamelessly" in wrongly quoting former French as referring Modi as corrupt.

Gandhi had earlier also quoted French as having told him that the aircraft's pricing was not part of the secrecy clause, and the later denied it, Patra said.

"He (Gandhi) still has the audacity to hold a press conference and lie through his teeth. This is shamelessness," the said.

The Congress-led had jeopardised the country's defence as the squadron strength of the fell to 31 from 44, he alleged.

Rahul Gandhi's did not get his share in the Rafale deal and therefore the cancelled it, he claimed.

On Gandhi's charge that Nirmala Sitharaman's trip to was part a government cover-up, Patra said her ministry has already clarified that the visit was scheduled earlier.

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First Published: Thu, October 11 2018. 18:50 IST