The Opposition Congress on Thursday fired a salvo at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing him of direct involvement in Rs 1,30,000 crore mega “Rafale scam” and demanded a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to probe the defence deal with France. Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi accused Modi of lying to the nation and pointed out that India-France joint statement clearly stated that the 36 aircraft in question will be of the same configuration.
“There are clear facts in Rafale case. Anil Ambani has ₹45000Cr debt. He formed the company 10 days before the deal. What is the deal between Anil Ambani and PM Modi?” the Congress president asked.
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“I have no problem in creating a Joint Parliamentary Committee, where all facts can be disclosed,” he added.
Earlier in the day, the Gandhi scion had reminded Finance Minister Arun Jaitley of the 24-hour deadline to set up an all-party Parliamentary Committee to probe the alleged scam in the Rafale fighter jet deal with France.
On Wednesday, the Congress president had challenged Jaitley to form an all-party lawmakers' panel into what he called the “Great Rafale Robbery”. The Finance Minister, however, refused to form the JPC to probe the alleged Rafale scam, terming Congress party’s claims a "complete falsehood".
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आज युवा कांग्रेस द्वारा #RafaleScam में पीएम मोदी की सीधी संलिप्तता और जनता के 1,30,000 करोड़ की सीधी लूट के विरोध में जोरदार प्रदर्शन किया गया जिसमें कश्मीर से लेकर कन्याकुमारी तक से आए युवा कांग्रेस पदाधिकारियों ने अपनी आवाज उठाई। #PMHouseGherao @keshavyadaviyc @srinivasiyc pic.twitter.com/kNn6cO7ZuU— Youth Congress (@IYC) August 30, 2018