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Review of SC's Rafale verdict will put to rest controversy:

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

The Supreme Court's decision to hear the review pleas against its ruling on the Rafale deal would put to rest the controversy, and the Centre has no problem with it as its "conscience is clear," senior BJP leader and Union Minister said Friday.

Addressing a press conference here, Goyal, who is in-charge said: ".. We are happy that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the matter so that once and for all the controversy can be settled and put to rest."

In a setback to the Centre, the had Wednesday allowed leaked documents to be relied upon by petitioners seeking review of its Rafale judgement and dismissed the government's preliminary objections claiming "privilege" over them.

said the government had taken the stand that the documents cited by the review petitioners should not be considered because they were leaked, but had no problem with the court's decision.

"... our conscience is clear, our work is honest. We have absolutely no problem. Any documents can be relied upon as per the order of the and we welcome the fact that is going to hear it."

To a query on the construction of temple, he said the BJP was committed to building it.

"It must be constructed at the birthplace of Lord just like we have the pride for all our tall leaders of Tamil Nadu. I believe there must be a pride in the birthplace of Lord also. We are committed to it," he said.

Underlining the need to construct the temple in a constitutional manner, he alleged the was putting obstacles in resolving the issue.

"The people of are noting this. leaders go to temples as political tourists before the election, whereas we are committed to a in Ayodhya," he added.

On Superstar hailing proposal to interlink rivers, said, "I would like to thank him for having welcomed the initiative of interlinking of rivers as announced by Narendra Modi".

"It has been long pending demand that ji has been raising for the welfare of farmers and people of Tamil Nadu. I welcome his comments," he said.

Goyal said the NDA and the BJP were committed to setting up an authority that would speedily implement the inter-linking of rivers which was mooted by former Prime Minister A B Vajpayee when he was in power.

Targetting the over the issue, he said, for 10 years between 2004 and 2014, the national party and were in power but did nothing.

The slammed Congress Rahul Gandhi over his dig at the 'Make in India' programme after Vande Bharat train, the fastest in the country, had experienced trouble during its initial run in February last.

"Now, we are planning to make more than 100 train sets which would provide jobs to lakhs of people," he said.

On the allegations made by opposition parties that the target them during the run-up to polls, he said the Congress and were "corrupt" parties and the whole world knew "what kind of corruption is stumbling out of their closet."

"Government is not targeting anybody. Investigation agencies or the EC are both independent," he said.

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First Published: Fri, April 12 2019. 20:35 IST