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Rahul's campaign against Rafale deal based on commercial interest: BJP

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The BJP Monday accused of lying on the Rafale issue, claiming that the chief's campaign on the fighter jet deal was based on "pure commercial interest" and influenced by middlemen.

The has unleashed an "entire campaign of canard" over the Rafale deal, senior BJP leader and Union said.

Citing a report, he said, "A has come up with documents which reveal that the same middlemen who were pushing for the case for AgustaWestland, one of them being under arrest, were also pushing the case for Eurofighter, which was in competition with Rafale."

Several companies including those from the US, and Sweden, were also in contention before the deal for fighter jets to be procured the Indian went in favour of French major Dassault, which makes the Rafale plane.

The papers seized from Italian middleman during a raid reveal that he and worked on a plan to place Rafale's prime competitor in the "win zone", the claimed.

Michel, the alleged middleman in the VVIP chopper case who was extradited from recently, was on Saturday sent to judicial custody by a court here.

He was arrested by the ED on December 22 in a money-laundering charges in a scam. Michel was earlier lodged in the here in a related CBI case.

Michel is among the three alleged middlemen being probed in the case by the ED and the CBI. The others are and

Referring to the documents cited in the report, Prasad asked why the name of a leading family, namely the Gandhis, appeared in documents related to or the air force's fighter planes.

"The available documents in the public domain raise serious suspicion of intention of and the It is too well known that the Congress is never happy unless there is a deal in a defence deal," he said.

The alleged that it is evident that there was a close proximity of a middleman who was pushing the case for against Rafale.

"In this light, the entire bogie of falsehood, entire campaign of canard unleashed by is completely false and based upon pure commercial interest," he said.

Prasad asked the Congress to explain what proximity he and his family had with Michel and how a middleman was sure that with his influence the deal will be tilted in the favour of

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First Published: Mon, January 07 2019. 19:45 IST