Congress President Rahul Gandhi today said that it is high time for the finance minister Arun Jaitly, defence minister Nirmala Sitaraman and prime minister Narendra Modi to stop lying and demanded to call for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to establish the full, uncorrupted turth about the Rafale Scam.
Responding to Arun Jaitley’s blog, where he said former French President François Hollande was contradicting himself, taking to Twitter, Rahul said, “Mr Jetlie’s speciality is his ability to spin “2 truths”, or lies, with fake self-righteousness & indignation to defend the indefensible”.
Earlier in the day, Jaitley said former French President Francois Hollande contradicted his own statement with regard to the Rafale deal and that neither the Indian nor the French government played any role in selection of Reliance as offset partner by Dassault.
Attacking Congress President, Jaitley said that the truth cannot have two versions. According to him, a controversy is sought to be created on the basis of a statement made by the former French President Hollande, that the Reliance Defence ‘partnership’ with Dassault Aviation was entered at the suggestion of the Indian Government.
In a subsequent statement the former President has sought to suggest that Reliance Defence emerged on the scene after the agreement with the Indian Government was entered into. He has, in a subsequent statement, said that he is ‘not aware’ if Government ever lobbied for Reliance Defence and that ‘the partners chose themselves’. Truth cannot have two versions, Jaitley added in a Facebook post.
Rahul accused yesterday that Prime Minister Narenra Modi of being “corrupt”, saying former French president Francois Hollande’s remarks on Reliance Defence shows “clear cut” corruption in the Rafale deal. Questioning Modi’s “silence” on the issue, he said the prime minister should come clean on the charge of favouring Reliance Defence in the deal.
Meanwhile, Senior Supreme Court advocate Prashant Bhushan alleged that the Rafale deal was the “largest defence scam in India” and urged the Centre to initiate a JPC probe into the matter. He questioned how Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence, the Indian offset partner of French firm Dassault Aviation, could be involved in the project as “most of his companies are in debt.
“This is not only the largest defence scam in India, but is one where national security has been severely compromised. While the IAF wanted 126 flights, it was reduced to 36,” he added.