Rafale Live: Nirmala Sitharaman Lied Even in Her Clarification Today, Says Rahul Gandhi
Rafale LIVE Updates: After Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Ravi Shankar Prasad hit out at Congress president over Rafale issue, Rahul Gandhi on Monday accused Defence Minister of lying even in her clarification.
Earlier in the day, Sitharaman said in Lok Sabha that doubts raised on her statement on HAL contracts was “incorrect and misleading”. Later, the Law Minister hit out at Congress president accusing him of “sabotaging India’s security”.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi Monday alleged that the “best” engineers and scientists from cash-strapped HAL will be forced to move to the Anil Ambani group that has the Rafale fighter jet contract. This will happen as Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) does not have enough money to pay salaries to its employees and Ambani needs its talent to deliver on his contract, Gandhi said.
That HAL doesn’t have enough cash to pay salaries, isn’t surprising.
Anil Ambani has Rafale. He now needs HAL’s brilliant talent pool to deliver on his contracts.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) January 7, 2019
Rahul Gandhi: Today Nirmala Sitharaman lied in parliament.I'm again requesting the Defence minister and PM Modi to answer "did Air Force and Defence ministry senior officers object to your interference in Rafale deal?" Please answer in a "Yes or No." pic.twitter.com/BcbPCucPeS
— ANI (@ANI) January 7, 2019
Prasad, while addressing media outside Parliament, posed three questions to Gandhi and asked him if he was lobbying for Eurofighter jets.
The Rafale fighter jet debate continued to rock Parliament on Monday as Sitharaman faced protests by Opposition MPs during her speech in the Lower House.
With just two days left for the winter session to end, the controversy surrounding the fighter jets has led to heated debates and adjournments in Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha.
The two Houses were earlier adjourned amid sparring between the treasury and the Opposition benches on the issue.
Opposition parties conduct by the Congress have been attacking the Modi government over the deal, alleging that it was struck at an exorbitant price and benefited an Indian businessman at the cost of the government-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. The charges have been denied by the government.
The Supreme Court had last year given the Narendra Modi government a clean chit on the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France and dismissed all petitions seeking a route to the CBI to register an FIR for alleged irregularities in the deal.
The apex court said there was no occasion to doubt making the decision multi-billion dollar Rafale deal.