Three BJP MPs today moved a notice of breach of privilege against the Congress president Rahul Gandhi in Lok Sabha, alleging that he spoke “falsehood” and “misled the House” over the fighter aircraft deal in his speech during a debate in July.
Lok Sabha MP and BJP’s chief whip in Lok Sabha Anurag Thakur, Nishikant Dubey and Sanjay Jaiswal have moved a privilege motion over Rahul comments about the Rafale deal and sought an apology for ‘misleading’ the house in a speech he delivered in Lok Sabha on July 20, during the no-confidence motion against the government.
In their notice, they called Gandhi’s price comparison of the aircraft with the UPA ones a ‘figment of his imagination, incorrect and utter falsehood’. He said: “For reasons of national security, the Government of India has not given out the exact details but has already indicated that the price of the basic aircraft being purchased now as per the 2016 agreement is 9% cheaper and the price of the weaponised aircraft is 20% cheaper compared to the price being negotiated by the UPA.”
It added: “A comparative chart of these prices was submitted by the Government of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in sealed cover. After perusing the prices as claimed by the Government, the Hon’ble Court noted the submission of the Government that there is a commercial advantage in the prices negotiated in the 2016 deal by NDA Government. The court dismissed the challenge on basis of higher price offer as per the 2007 offer.”
The notice stated, “Not only are hs figures factually false, they fail to take into consideration the impact of the escalation clause contained in the 2007 offer. Further, he falsely attempts to compare an ordinary aircraft — a flying instrument with a weaponised aircraft. Obviously, the cost of the weaponry will be much higher.”