Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Rafale 'biggest issue' of corruption, PM Modi should reply: Rahul Gandhi

Rafale 'biggest issue' of corruption, PM Modi should reply: Rahul Gandhi

Hitting out at the Modi government, Gandhi said since it came to power four years back institutions that form the foundation of a democracy - Parliament, judiciary, media and civil society - have come under systemic assault.

In his recent Parliament speech, the Prime Minister chose to speak only about Congress and India's past and not about the future of the country's youth, farmers and labourers, he remarked.

According to Surjewala, Rafale and Eurofighter Typhoon aircrafts were found equal on all technical requirements by the Indian Air Force.

Minutes after PM Modi's fiery speech in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, Rahul Gandhi posed a set of question to the BJP-led Centre on Wednesday. He claimed that the prime minister had visited Paris himself and changed the contract.

Gandhi also took a swipe at former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa over corruption allegations and targeted PM Modi over the alleged discrepancies Rafale aircraft deal. But PM Modi stole it from HAL and handed the deal to his industrialist friends. "Let there be no doubt about that - and I know that all of you will work with him with the same dedication, loyalty and enthusiasm as you did with me", she said.

He listed a series of questions for the government, including on the price, the secrecy surrounding the deal, the government's silence on the issue and alleging that prior permission of the Cabinet Committee on Security was not taken.

The Congress leader said Modi spoke for one hour in Parliament on the motion of the thanks on President's address but did not utter a word about Rafale. He accused it of making "false promises" and not delivering on generating jobs.

He added that the people of Karnataka are aware of the drama by the Congress party and will not wash away their sins.

Playing to the Kannada pride agenda ahead of the assembly elections, Congress" "Janaashirwada yatra' began with Karnataka state's official song soon after a rendition of Vande Mataram. "I will never forget this is my life", the Congress chief concluded while striking an emotional chord.

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