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Led by Sonia Gandhi, opposition MPs hold protest over Rafale deal

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Stepping up their attack on the government over the Rafale issue, opposition MPs led by today held a protest in Parliament premises, demanding answers from the Centre over the alleged scam in the fighter jet deal with

Gandhi along with opposition MPs, including Raj Babbar, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, Ambika Soni, CPI's D Raja, Sushil Gupta, among others, protested in front of Mahatma Gandhi's statue in Parliament complex, holding placards and raising slogans.

They demanded that a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) probe into the issue.

members yesterday had created uproarious scenes in the demanding a probe into the Rafale deal by a JPC, forcing an adjournment of the proceedings. They were heard demanding a JPC probe into the deal and a reply from

The Congress' stepping of pressure on the government over the issue comes days after former Union ministers and alleged that the Rafale deal was a case of "monumental criminal misconduct" by the NDA government and the scam involving it was much bigger than the Bofors scandal.

Shourie, Sinha and lawyer-activist have demanded a time-bound probe into the contract by

The has been accusing massive irregularities in the Rafale deal, alleging that the government was procuring each aircraft at a cost of over Rs 1,670 crore as against Rs 526 crore finalised by the government for the procurement of 126 Rafale jets. The deal negotiated by the could not be inked.

The has also been pressing for price details of the deal, but the NDA government has refused to divulge them citing confidentiality provisions of a 2008 Indo-pact. The government has asserted that there were no irregularities in the deal.

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First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 15:05 IST