Rahul Gandhi attacks Narendra Modi over Rafale deal1 min read . Updated: 08 Feb 2019, 08:11 PM IST
- Rahul Gandhi accused Narendra Modi of holding ‘parallel negotiations’ with France on Rafale deal
- The Congress president also accused the prime minister of undermining the defence ministry in the negotiations
New Delhi: Stepping up his party’s attack on the union government, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday morning attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Rafale deal accusing the latter of holding ‘parallel negotiations’ with France.
Gandhi was referring to a news report published by The Hindu newspaper which said that “the Defence Ministry raised strong objections to “parallel negotiations" conducted by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) with the French side."
In his attack on the Prime Minister, Gandhi accused him of ‘stealing’ from the defence forces and undermining the Defence Ministry in the negotiations.
“We have been saying this for more than an year and The Hindu’s report has found it now...It is absolutely black and white that Prime Minister was negotiating directly on the Rafale deal", Gandhi said at a press conference in party headquarters on Friday morning.
“We have been saying that there should be an inquiry through a JPC. Now the defence ministry itself has said that ‘we may advise PMO that any officers who are not part of Indian negotiating team may refrain from having parallel parleys," Gandhi added.
When asked about BJP accusing Congress of corruption, Gandhi said all cases should be investigated including those of Congress leaders but that a probe should be launched in Rafale deal too.
The developments come in the midst of an ongoing budget session and is likely to impact proceedings in both Houses of Parliament.