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Rahul slams BJP again over JeM chief's release, Rafale

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

Wednesday reiterated that the BJP government had released and asked what the regime had done to protect the 40 CRPF personnel killed in the attack.

Addressing a press conference here, the Gandhi scion said: "The needs to explain why they sent that criminal (Azhar) back to "

Attacking (NSA) Ajit Doval, yet again, Gandhi stressed that he was involved in the (JeM) chief's release.

Gandhi had earlier ridiculed Doval by saying that he had "escorted" Azhar -- who was in an Indian jail and released due to the IC 814 hijacking episode -- to in a "special aircraft" in 1999.

"Why was Azhar released... is involved in that (in his release)," Gandhi said.

"What did the government do to protect the CRPF personnel..." he further asked.

Targeting the on the Rafale aircraft deal, Gandhi alleged that ran a "parallel negotiation".

Gandhi said while there was no question about the jet's capability, the issue was about corruption and there was a need to probe it.

Asked if the party would scrap the deal if voted to power, Gandhi said: "That is a technical decision... We do not have information on that."

But the question of corruption is crystal clear... The is a "corrupt" man, bypassed negotiations, ran parallel negotiations on the Rafale deal, he said.

"The only question we are raising is that Mr and Mr have stolen Rs 30,000 crore... We will have investigation and (I am) 100 per cent certain... on the back of that investigation, they will be convicted," he added.

The charge has been repeatedly denied by the and the

The BJP has described Rahul Gandhi's allegations against Modi in the Rafale deal as "yet another lie from his lie-manufacturing factory".

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First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 19:37 IST